Geno Smith, welcome to New York! You were only the 2nd QB taken in the 2013 NFL draft, but because you sat in the Green Room for the entire first round, and because you ended up with the New York Jets, you’re suddenly a target. Matt Barkley falling to the 4th round and costing himself maybe eight figures?
It’s all about Geno the Diva, who was savaged prior to the draft by Pro Football Weekly, and now that he’s fired his agents, we’re hearing more negative things about the former West Virginia QB. From Jason Cole at Yahoo:
Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.
“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one of the sources said. “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”
Obviously, this is a case of Geno’s disgruntled agents leaking news to damage a client who just fired them, but they’re facts, right?
Obviously, none of this makes Smith a bad QB. But it sure seems odd that somebody who has accomplished nothing – 42 TD pass in the Big 12, pfft – has such a massive ego before he’s thrown an NFL pass. I doubt Andrew Luck even sat down for pre-draft meetings, since it was a formality he was going first, but if he did … I wonder if he was dicking around on his flip phone while meeting with teams?