Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Round 2, Pick 7
From one New York team to the next, the Jets were clearly in a different situation entirely from the team they share MetLife stadium with heading into this draft.
Coming in, the Jets needed to replace Darelle Revis, who they had recently traded to the Buccaneers, while hopefully finding their quarterback of the future.
Geno Smith is now that guy, while Dee Milliner is a much cheaper alternative to Revis, who offers similar upside as a shutdown-type corner.
I went back and forth on which of these two selections were better overall, however, in the end it became less about which pick was actually the best and more about which was the one everyone wants to talk about—so work with me on this one.
Clearly the winner is Smith, when it comes to the statement above. However, the question now becomes: Does he have what it takes to survive and endear one of the most relentless and unforgiving sports media markets out there?
The answer to that would seem to be clouded, judging by Smith's early decision to leave the NFL draft after not becoming a first-round pick—a decision he would later rescind by sticking around for Day 2.
Nevertheless, this knee-jerk reaction does bring up even more questions about his ability to compartmentalize and adequately handle the criticism that comes with being a quarterback in a city such as New York.
After all, this is the same city that basically took in and spit out the legendary Brett Favre, and, last time I checked, the Jets don't have any skill position players near or on the level of a Tavon Austin currently on their roster.
Clearly this is going to be an uphill battle for Smith and the Jets, but if anything, I give them credit for making the selection when and where they did.
Maybe now at least they can finally move on from an era known as "The Sanchize," since that guy has clearly more than worn out his welcome in a city that was already much too short on patience to begin with.