Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 3/21/13
Mike Mayock talks pro day with Geno Smith (video). Without any real blue-chip NFL prospects at quarterback, expect desperate teams like the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills to again reach for a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, just as teams did in the lockout year of 2011.At least quarterback-hungry Kansas City recognized the weak class and traded with San Francisco to acquire Alex Smith. West Virginia’s Geno Smith seems to be the consensus No. 1 prospect this year, but he is nowhere close to the NFL-ready prospect like Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III were. Smith, who had a wonderful pro day in a workout engineered to highlight the things he does well, will probably be the first quarterback taken. He’ll probably go in the first round, but that doesn’t mean he’s a first-round talent. He’s ranked 37th on the CFU Big Board, and could move up before the draft, but he’ll be nowhere near a top-10 talent – even though that’s where he may get selected.
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