Smith was largely considered the top quarterback prospect in the class but had to sit in the green room and watch quarterback E.J. Manuel go before him. No other quarterback was taken in the first round. Manuel has the higher ceiling of the quarterback prospects, but Smith is more NFL-ready.
Adam Schefter reported that the New York Jets considered taking Smith with the 13th pick in the first round:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Jets have made calls today to multiple teams to try to move up from 39th spot in second round to draft QB. Debated Geno Smith at No. 13.4/26/2013, 5:46:16 PM
Just like with Aaron Rodgers in 2005, it became painful to watch the shots of Smith as he sat there without hearing his named called.
Rodgers sent a tweet to Smith, wishing him well through the waiting process:
Aaron Rodgers @AaronRodgers12
Hang in there Geno, "good things come to those who wait" -Paul Tagliabue4/26/2013, 2:50:44 AM
Smith handled the situation as well as possible, keeping his composure as he waited to be selected.
With the waiting game over, Smith can now turn his attention to using the draft-day embarrassment as fuel throughout his career. It certainly worked for Rodgers, who entered the NFL with a chip on his shoulder and is now one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Whether Smith is able to rebound from this will tell a lot about him as a prospect.