Don’t you dare call West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith a scrambler. He only ran for 151 yards his senior year in Morgantown instead doing all of his damage from the pocket where he racked up more than 4,000 passing yards in 2012.
With that said Smith isn’t a stiff in the pocket that can’t escape pressure when protection breaks down. Today at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis Smith ran away from the QB competition with an official 40 time of 4.59.
Just behind Smith was Florida State’s E.J. Manuel who is sure to see his stock rise as he posted a 4.65 which is fast considering his size. Arizona’s Matt Scott was the only other QB to break the 4.7 barrier as she slid in at 4.69.
Of course speed doesn’t matter if you can’t throw the rock. Smith’s biggest knock is his lack of consistency and that did show today as he made some impressive throws but also missed the mark on ones you’d expect him to make in his sleep.
For the Raiders there is no indication they’re considering Smith with the third overall pick. In fact there isn’t a lot of momentum for Smith to be taken in the top 5…at least not yet. You never know how this thing will shake out as the evaluation process shifts into overdrive.
As mentioned Smith isn’t a running QB but given the new breed of NFL offense it doesn’t hurt to have a guy under center that can make plays with his feet. While Smith might be fast he’s nowhere near the runner Oakland already has in Terrelle Pryor.