Geno Smith Reportedly Planning to Attend Rounds 2 and 3 of NFL Draft
Update: Friday, Apr. 26 at 10:15 a.m. ET by Pete Schauer
Geno Smith has apparently decided to re-think his decision of skipping out on Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Smith will be in attendance for Friday's Round 2 and 3 action.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith has decided to remain in New York and will be attending the draft tonight in Radio City Music Hall.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2013
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We knew heading into the 2013 NFL draft that the quarterback talent pool was shallow, and Geno Smith found out the hard way on Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall in New York when he wasn't selected in the first round.
According to ESPN's Suzy Kolber (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk), Smith will not return to NYC for the second and third rounds of action on Friday.
Smith's character had been somewhat scrutinized this offseason as he prepared for the draft, and that scrutiny will only continue to grow if he doesn't show on Friday night. If Smith can't handle not being taken in the first round, how's he going to handle not being the immediate starter in the NFL and having to compete for a job?
Entering the first round, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Smith going No. 6 overall to the Cleveland Browns, who instead opted for former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
The first round did see a quarterback selected, but it's safe to say the selection came way out of left field. The Buffalo Bills made E.J. Manuel the first quarterback selected in 2013 after trading down in the draft and getting the QB at No. 16.
Hang in there Geno, "good things come to those who wait" -Paul Tagliabue— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 26, 2013
If Smith is going to shake those character concerns, he has to be in the building on Friday night. In the back of his mind, he had to have known there was a chance he could slip out of the first round, and I don't think there's any way he falls past the third round.
Then again, stranger things have happened.
You can catch all of the second- and third-round action beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.
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