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2013 NFL Combine: How Geno Smith Can Prove His Doubters Wrong

Quarterback Geno Smith has been overlooked by a number of NFL draft analysts, although Smith believes he is qualified to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Quarterback Geno Smith has been overlooked by a number of NFL draft analysts, although Smith believes he is qualified to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
Jonathan MunshawCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2013

As the 2013 NFL Combine begins this weekend in Indianapolis, analysts are discounting quarterback Geno Smith, along with the rest of this year's quarterbacking class.

Smith has a lot to prove at the combine, as he chose not to play in the Senior Bowl. However, he could be a hot commodity come draft day, as a number of teams with early-round picks need a quarterback.

The Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals all have questionable quarterbacks on their current roster, and have one of the top seven picks in the draft.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have Smith being passed over by the Chiefs and Jaguars. 

It's a little bit of a different story for CBS analyst Dane Brugler, who has Smith going No. 1 overall to the Chiefs, while his partner Rob Rang has the West Virginia prospect falling to No. 8 and the Buffalo Bills.

Smith isn't the only quarterback being passed over, either, as the only big name after him is Matt Barkley out of USC, who isn't even throwing at the combine.

If Smith wants to prove the doubters wrong and vault himself to the top of everyone's draft board, he has to show that he is worth a No. 1 overall pick and could bring more to a team than an offensive tackle or a defensive lineman.

He was easily there at the beginning of the college football season, as he was a Heisman Trophy front-runner until his team started to struggle after five games, losing the next five.

Despite the drop in wins, he continued to put up very impressive numbers, completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns with only six interceptions.

Smith put up similar numbers in 2011 as well, completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns. 

Leading up to the combine, Smith has exuded confidence, telling KCSP radio in Kansas City that his goal heading into the combine is to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

In team meetings, Smith has the opportunity to prove he is worthy of a first-round draft pick, and on the field, he just has to show off the arm that gave him huge numbers in college.

Even after the combine, it's possible that analysts will still discount Smith, but this weekend provides him with a perfect opportunity to show that he is mature, on and off the field.

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