Geno Smith has had enough of the draft process, especially the part where coaches dwell on a player’s faults to determine if he’s worthy of a multimillion-dollar investment.
Smith, the former West Virginia star who’s considered the top quarterback in the draft, posted on Twitter Tuesday: “Just want to thank all those so called “experts” who say I can’t be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day but the work has only begun.”
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This year’s three-day draft
begins Thursday in New York at Radio City Music Hall.
Thursday: Round 1, 7 p.m.
Friday: Rounds 2-3, 5:30
Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m.
TV: ESPN, NFL Network
On the clock
April 18: Defensive backs
April 19: Linebackers
April 20: Defensive linemen
April 21: Offensive linemen
April 22: Receivers
April 23: Running backs
The five best quarterback prospects
1. Geno Smith (6-3, 218, West Virginia): Threw for 4,356 yards and 42 TDs last year. Is accurate, mobile, sees the whole field and throws the deep ball well. Yet his stock is dropping.
2. Matt Barkley (6-3, 227, Southern Cal): If he came out early last year, he would have been a top-15 pick. Now scouts are divided, despite 12,357 career yards and 116 TDs to 48 INTs.
3. EJ Manuel (6-5, 237, Florida State): A smart, mature kid with all the tools, but he looks a lot better than he plays.
4. Ryan Nassib (6-2, 227, Syracuse): Quick release and rifle arm, but lacks touch and is a bit scatter-shot on the deep ball.
5. Tyler Wilson (6-2, 215, Arkansas): Like Barkley, would have been rated higher had he come out after his junior year.
■ Keep an eye on: Tyler Bray 6-6 229 Tennessee
Bray has been easing up teams’ draft boards. He’s considered the best passer in the draft, drawing comparisons to Ryan Mallett, but his minor, off-field issues have sparked concerns.
Other Big 12, state prospects
1. Landry Jones (6-4, 218, Oklahoma): Might’ve been a 2012 first-rounder, but his stock has dropped (third/fourth round).
2. Collin Klein (6-5, 226, Kansas St.): Heisman finalist says he’ll play QB in the NFL, but chances are he’ll switch positions.
3. Dayne Crist (6-5, 239, Kansas): Was benched after he transferred from Notre Dame.
4. Seth Doege (6-1, 201, Texas Tech): Undersized prospect out of a passing system, he’ll be a priority free agent for someone.
1. Kansas City
9. N.Y. Jets
11. San Diego
13. N.Y. Jets
15. New Orleans
16. St. Louis
19. N.Y. Giants
22. St. Louis
26. Green Bay
29. New England
31. San Francisco