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

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports