Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/14/13
Many questions surrounding Geno Smith’s future in the NFL have risen since the college football season ended. The former West Virginia quarterback threw for 42 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions in the high-powered spread offense during his senior season. Smith showed glimpses of greatness with his passing attack in many games for the Mountaineers last season, but they faltered down the stretch and many draft experts are down on him because of that. Smith is likely to come off the board in the first round, but will he live up to his potential or become a bust?There will be 32 teams in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft looking for franchise players that will impact their organization for years to come. With that being said, there will be a few pitfalls in the draft that simply won’t work out. Those players in today’s era are labeled as “busts.” Geno Smith could fall into this category from what many draft analysts have predicted based off his performances during his college career and combine results. Here are 5 reasons why Geno Smith will become a bust in the NFL:1. There is no doubt that Geno Smith has the arm strength to be an effective NFL quarterback, but he relies on his arm too often to fit the ball in tight coverages. He was able to get away with this in college, but NFL defenses and secondaries will be quicker to the ball, turning his passes into interceptions.2. Smith has showed that he will try to force passes to a single target or simply loft passes to receivers that are being double-teamed. Again, this goes back to Smith believing his arm will bail him out of tough situations. This is also concerning because he’s not reading defenses effectively. If Smith does not learn to look off defenders, he will have a quick NFL stint.3. Smith has been in a spread offense his entire career at West Virginia and this could create problems if he’s drafted to a pro-style offense. Many NFL teams have adopted the spread offense, but Smith has been downgraded for not having any experience in a pro-style offense.  It’s a good possibility that Smith will not be able to adjust to a pro-style offense and will end up holding a clipboard.4. Smith has developed footwork issues while exclusively playing in the spread offense at West Virginia. He doesn’t take the snap, drop back, stick his foot in the ground, and get ready to go. Smith will actually bounce in the pocket and then plant and throw when he targets a receiver. This motion makes Smith get rid of the ball a lot quicker when the pocket is closing and causes inaccuracy.5.  Finally, Smith lacks intangibles that every quarterback in the NFL needs to be successful. All the great quarterbacks forget about the last play whether it was a great or poor decision. Smith has sometimes sulked on the sidelines after an interception or poor decision. This questions his leadership skills and if Smith doesn’t learn to possess this important trait as a quarterback, he simply will never see the field. Smith plays poorly for periods of time during games and this can be attested to his leadership skills and not being mentally tough enough to remember plays. The bottom line is that Geno Smith has great physical traits, but he lacks the mental aspect of the game and that could keep him on the sideline and labeled as the next “bust” to come through the NFL.
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