2013 NFL Draft: New York Jets Are Wise to Try to Trade Up for Geno Smith

Sam QuinnContributor IIIApril 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks at the scoreboard after a safety against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the New York Jets are trying to trade up in tonight's second round to select a quarterback. Presumably, that quarterback is West Virginia's Geno Smith, widely considered to be the best quarterback prospect in the draft.

Considering where the Jets are as a franchise, this seems like it would be an amazing move.

First of all, there might be a riot in New York if Mark Sanchez ever starts another game. I'm only half-kidding with that, Jets fans despise him on a level that might only be understood by Cleveland fans and LeBron James. 

The other internal options—David Garrard, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy—leave a lot to be desired.

David Garrard has missed the past two seasons because of injuries. McElroy was a seventh round pick out of college and hasn't exactly done much to prove he's worth anything more.

And Tebow? Well, he's Tim Tebow. I don't think anything else needs to be said. 

Jets fans need hope, and hope is exactly what Geno Smith would bring to the team. 

At early points in the season, Geno looked like the surefire No. 1 overall pick and Heisman Trophy favorite. He was simply dominant in leading West Virginia early in the season.

Even as the losses piled up for West Virgina, Smith was still spectacular. He finished the season with 4,205 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez has never finished a season with more than 26 touchdowns or less than 13 interceptions (though his stats are usually far worse). 

Geno has all of the physical tools necessary to succeed in today's NFL. He's fast—he ran a 4.56 40-yard-dash at the combine—so we know he could run a few read-option sets if necessary. He's got great accuracy having completed over 70 percent of his passes in college. 

He's also 6'2'' and 220 pounds, not quite the prototypical size for a quarterback, but definitely good enough to succeed in the NFL. 

Is Geno Smith a perfect quarterback prospect? No, not by a long shot, but he's infinitely better than anything on the Jets roster. The Jets should do whatever possible to get their guy.