New York Jets Take Geno Smith

The New York Jets selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick

There is a never dull day. The New York Jets selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Smith, who surprisingly fell out of the first round, was available for the taking and the Jets did not hesitate to grab their next starting quarterback.

We weren’t hesitant to criticize Smith on this website as a top ten pick. However, to get him at #39 without having to trade up and sacrifice any picks is a different situation. He provided good value at that point of the second round and could have very well been the highest remaining offensive player on the Jets board, especially since there was chatter they were considering him at #13.

Smith is not a prospect without flaws but has plenty of positive attributes that will translate well to the NFL. Fortunately, the Jets have a competent offensive coordinator with a history of working well with multiple quarterbacks in Marty Mornhinweg. Smith still needs to smooth out many aspects of his game, but in college was a highly accurate passer, who created big plays with his arm and legs, while avoiding interceptions. He also demonstrated a quick release and decision making. Without question, he is strong value at #39 and that is the most important thing.

So what happens now to Mark Sanchez? That Tebow Guy? The Jets need to decided whether to bite the financial bullet with Sanchez. He is a candidate to be cut post June 1st. Tebow should be off the team sooner, rather than later. If the Jets learned anything last year, it is that you don’t crowd a high draft pick at quarterback with the TEBOW circus.

Do not be surprised if the Jets opening day depth chart at quarterback was Geno Smith-David Garrard-Greg McElroy.

What do you think Jets fans?

Author: Joe Caporoso

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  • Jason Earls

    I am fine with this pick. Gerrard will start next year and Geno can sit and learn behind an OC that actually knows what he is doing.

  • Angel

    Later. Jets lost me as a fan.

    I’ll be back when IDZIK is fired after 3 years.

    In the meantime I’ll be back here to comment and drive you guys crazy… like I did when Kellen Clemens was the hot QB.

  • Joe Barra

    I love the pick. I would have hated him at 9, but he’s a steal @ 39. Now trade for Chris Ivory, sign a guard and draft some receivers/te!

  • He is so much better than Sanchez who has 52 pics in 2 years. Could be gold. Now we need an offensive line, a running back receivers and to fire Rex Ryan

  • Looking at the tape, I’m impressed. He has been embarrassed and humbled by tumbling to the 2nd round. BIG CHIP on his shoulder! Something to prove. “There is a ship that’s leaving sooon for NY. Come with me, that’s where you belong, Geno!” (Porgy & Bess)

  • KAsh

    I said it about a month ago: Smith will need a year on the bench behind someone. This is not a goodbye to Sanchez as much as it is to McElroy.

    Smith made no sense in the top 15. He would have had to start. But if he started right off the bat, he would be Sanchez 2.0 and we would be looking to replace him in four years. I do not really like having him sit and learn from Sanchez – the fanbase will all want him to start immediately – but he was a good value at #39 and should develop into a good QB in a year, maybe even later this year if Sanchez does not step up his game.

    The downside is that this was not a startet pick. Smith and Sanchez both still need better players to throw the ball to or hand the ball off to. The QB can elevate an offense, but like Brady’s wife said “[he] can’t throw the ball and catch the ball, too.”

    The upside is that the chances of an extention for Ryan definitelu increased ovet these two draft days. You need some semblance of continuity if you are going to develop a QB, so Ryan or Marty or David Lee and maybe all three will stick around to coach him up. This os a down-the-road pick for the Jets. Their party might as well stick together.

  • Angel

    Imagine this draft:

    RND 1 pick 9: Warmack, Chance OG 6’2″ 317 Alabama

    RND 1 pick 13: Jones, Jarvis OLB 6’2″ 245 Georgia

    RND 2: Escobar, Gavin TE 6’6″ 254 San Diego St.

    RND 3: Webb, B.W. CB 5’10” 184 William & Mary

    Jets would be in a better position, shoring up their weaknesses with good value. Then they could go after depth at RB, WR, O-line, and LB.

  • Harold

    Sorry Angel. I will take the one with a 1st round QB in the 2nd rd every time. We can get a TE like Dion Simms later in the draft. Milliner is much better than Webb. Winters is not a Warmack but the difference is much less. Jarvis over Richardson based on talent and production no way. Richardson extremely productive just like Jones. But a much better athlete for the NFL.

  • Harold

    Angel am sorry. I will take the one with a 1st round QB in the 2nd rd every time. We can get a TE like Dion Simms later in the draft. Milliner is much better than Webb. Winters is not a Warmack but the difference is much less. Jarvis over Richardson based on talent and production no way. Richardson extremely productive just like Jones. But a much better athlete for the NFL.

  • mike

    angel, you are a terrible fan. just terrible.

  • Lidman

    Dont’ love the pick, but I don’t get paid for this. Certainly, says something about Sanchez.

    Best draft so far…shocker…Pittsburgh Jarvis Jones and Markus Wheaton..production folks..production always translates.

  • KAsh

    Except in the case of Gholston. People forget, but Gholston started 25 games and had 87 tackles, 47 solo tackles, 30.5 TFL, and 21.5 sacks.

    D. Moore also dropped this year. And when watching film on him, a phrase from a Jets scout following the aftermath of Gholston struck me. It was the fact that Gholston had no instincts, no nose for the ball, could notfollow along with the development of the play. I think you can see the same thing with Moore.

  • phil

    Well, I was stunned when I heard we picked Geno but will admit I hadn’t watched any games or highlight material. I listened to all the pundits and sided with those who said he can’t get it done. Maybe. But I just watched nearly 40 mins of highlights and lowlights and will say this unequivocally: he’s way more exciting than anything I’ve ever seen from Mark Sanchez. Sorry Mark but that’s the truth. So I was ranting and raving that all we really needed was a TE, another Guard, blah blah blah and then it hit me. Idzik actually knows what he’s doing, he’s got a scout’s mentality and realizes that Sanchez is not the guy. Yes, we went to two AFCCG’s. Yes, Mark played well down the stretch at times but could never be confused with big-time QB play. Yes, the Jets did their absolute best to screw up Mark’s development as has been written about on this site but no amount of new TE’s or WR’s or O-line help are going to make Mark Sanchez an accurate QB. I think, just my opinion here, that Idzik realizes this. That’s why we spent our first 2 picks on D because the D is not so badly malfunctioning and might be able to keep us in a few games while we get the O moving along under a new coordinator and, now, maybe a new QB who, though raw, possesses a far greater upside than Sanchez. ANd it only cost the Jets a 2nd round pick which from a financial standpoint does not prohibit you from taking a high 1st round QB next year. Crazy? Not really. Actually quite sane and well thought out. There’s no huge downside to Geno. Sanchez already sucks. We get Geno in the 2nd and he’ll get his chance and if we are horrible with Sanchez he’ll get a chance sooner or we might not even see Sanchez on the team. Then it’s Smith and we’ll see how it goes. If it’s an abkect disaster then we get Johnny Football next year and it only cost us a 2nd for Geno. Meanwhile he signed Ivory for a 4th. Tell me what RB in this year’s 4th round could even hold Ivory’s jock? Not a one. Step back from the ledge folks..Idzik is way smarter than Mike Tannenbaum. It’s already getting interesting. Tannenbaum fell in love with Favre and Tebow….ugh.

  • matr dontelli iii

    the crybabies should post on yahoo and leave this board alone. you’ll get plenty of thumbs ups over there. i still love everything idzik has done. he’s got a plan and he’s sticking to it. he’s drafting the highest rated players on his board and he doesn’t give a damn what manish mehta, dick cimni or the haters here think. he held out as long as he could before dealing rIIIvIIIs, and he held out on ivory as long as he could before giving up the fourth. he’ll have this team back on track very quickly. the playoffs this year are not unrealistic.

  • Lidman

    Kash..Gholston’s entire career was made on 2 games, at OSU: he had 7 sacks, his Senior season, in the 2 games v Michigan (Jake Long) and Wisconsin (Joe Thomas). Now, it’s certainly befuddling, but other than those games, he was just a good player…but he had those games..go figure…my point, production is almost always a better predictor of success than anything else. If Mingo couldn’t get to the QB, with all his athletic ability, against SEC LTs, why are we to believe he will against NFL LTs?

  • Anthony

    If production translates, why did Ron Dayne suck? Why is Sam Bradford awful? Why do players who win awards in College as the best player at their positions as the best in the nation routinely wash out. WTF is Tim Tebow if not a perfect example of why college stats are meaningless.

    Go back under your bridge Lidman.

  • KAsh

    @Lidman – I am not arguing with you about Mingo’s production, just production in general. And I am arguing that it is not a good predicter of ability at the next level.

    Gholston had 14.5 sacks his junior year. So besides the seven in those two games, he had 7.5 more sacks. He came out after his junior year, but at that point in their careers, all his statistics were better than J. Jones’s.

    The statistics only suggest a story. Gholston had ability but had no instincts. The game got faster and he could not keep up. Jones has the instincts. But his tape shows a player that avoids o-linemen like the plague. He refuses to tangle with them, even if it means a longer route to the quarterback or opening up a hole for a run. There are definite questions with him, and they do not involve his health.

    That is why I liked Ansah: he has only played or even thought about playing football for three years, has less than one full year of starting experience, but he is well-rounded in his game. He wants to run past a tackle, he burns him. He wants to run through a lineman, he tosses him aside. With time and proper coaching, he should be an absolute terror for the backfield in a division with Rodgers, Cutler, and Adrian Peterson.

  • Angel

    The season isn’t that far off. We’ll see what Geno can, and can’t, do for the Jets.

    We’ll see how good our O-line really is.

    We’ll see how many sacks the defense can dial up.

    I’m not convinced… But we’ll see if I’m wrong.

    I think we can all agree that the Ivory trade was damn good and helps whoever will be QB a great deal.

  • Mark Phelan

    Sanchez will still be starting QB. Gino will break in as a ‘wildcat’ QB and see his role expand.

    I am so happy with this decision. It ‘picks up a year’.

  • JerryB

    Sanchez is gone baby gone. He has had four years to improve and he has just regressed. While the Jets didn’t do much to help his progress, it is what it is. Gerard will play and Smith will learn this year and start next year or sooner.

  • Criticaster

    I have a completely different take on the selection of Geno. I may wish they went in a different direction but here is what I think the QB situation ends up like.

    Sanchez vs Garrard for starter – two men enter and one man leaves. Smith as the Number 2 and QB in training and Tebow as the number 3 – the obvious odd men out will be McElcroy and Simms.

    Why Tebow? His work ethic, his improvement and David Lee. People seem to forget that when Sparano bombed it was pointed out Lee was the real architect of the Wildcat in Miami. He’s OUR QB coach now and I think Tebow stays to run our wildcat and is a hybrid number 2/3.

    As an aside – some props to Woody Johnson who helped destroy last season by forcing the bringing in of Tebow but who, I think, understands what he did and made amends bringing in Idzik.

    I mention this because a decision to give a nod to Woody Johnson by using Tebow under David Lee with Marty in the role mentioned will fit under both the competition mantra and schematically and make Johnson happy too.

    My guess is, offensively and defensively the Jets are going to surprise a lot of people.

  • Hillel

    Reminds me of Pennington but with a better arm.

  • Frank Antonelli

    He throws the mid-range deep ball well. I’m always interested in a QB’s accuracy in the 11-20 yard range. That’s the NFL range you want to see from a prospect. Geno throws the 11-20 yard ball at a solid 64%. Higher than both Ryan Tannehill and Andrew Luck from the 2012 draft.

    From “Second Round Stats”