Ex Cincinnati QB Akili Smith One of the drafts biggest busts

In 1999 the Cincinnati Bengals were awarded the third pick in the NFL draft. Coming off a season where the team finished 3-13. The franchise desperately needed a player that could come in and get them out of the dark. That year the NFL Draft was loaded with potentially great quarterback prospects, and as we all know, a quarterback is the one player that has the ability to furnish...
Via cover32 - Bengals
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Unforgivable Draft Day Regrets

Raise your hands if you have owned (or still own) an Akili Smith football card. Lower your hands if you regret not selling them at its peak price, $12.50. That's enough exercise for today.Thanks--Football Card gods--you really had me there; I'd open up these "lucky packs" with glee, and became even more ecstatic when I revealed holographic pictures of these, ahem...
Via Football Nation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nawrocki isn't racist, he's gutless

Two years ago, when infamous Pro Football Weekly draft expert Nolan Nawrocki questioned the smile, character and attitude of quarterback Cam Newton, Nawrocki was professional enough to answer reporters' questions about his controversial analysis. This year, Nawrocki penned a scathing review of Geno Smith's prospects, touching off another round of controversy and cries of...
Via Fox Sports
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith fueled by NFL Draft experts who doubt him

Geno Smith appears to be entering the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, which is likely a good thing. Though the former West Virginia quarterback is widely listed as the top quarterback prospect on draft boards, he believes he has his doubters. Smith indicated on Twitter Tuesday that those doubters are fueling him. Just want to thank all those so called “experts” who say I can’t...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Enough talk — the truth about Geno

As far as I can tell, two schools of media thought have developed on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith: Nonsensical, almost borderline racist ramblings, and compensatory gushing. What if the truth is more mundane? What if Smith is a good quarterback with a chance of being a good NFL quarterback, and he has been elevated to another (perhaps unwinnable) stratosphere in this NFL...
Via Fox Sports
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith responds to harsh scouting report

Tweet West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, widely regarded as the top QB prospect in this year’s NFL draft, was recently chopped down as a strong prospect by Pro Football Weekly analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who had this summary to say about Smith in his scouting report: A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a [...]
Via Los That Sports Blog
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Is That Geno Smith Scouting Report REALLY Racist?

Pro Football Weekly writer Nolan Nawrocki garnered a lot of attention two years ago with a scathing, oddly personal though not entirely inaccurate dismissal of Cam Newton before Ace Boogie was drafted first overall in the 2011 draft. Nawrocki is still around ranting about a highly touted black quarterback. This time, it’s Geno Smith. Not a student of the game. Nonchalant field...
Via Kissing Suzy Kolber
April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

3rd Year in a Row a PFW Scout Calls Black QB Lazy, Is He Racist? No, He’s Smart

Quick who is Nolan Nawrocki? Most of you probably have no idea who he is, others may remember him as the guy who questioned Cam Newton’s smile or RG3′s Football intelligence. 99% of the world doesn’t know any of the Pro Football Weekly’s NFL Scouts. Furthermore, their evaluation of players rarely make any type of headlines. Except when you say something like this. Geno...
Via BlackSportsOnline
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith’s Character Blasted by Same Analyst Who Said Cam Newton Had ‘Fake Smile’

According to one analyst — and only one — teams should have some real concerns about Geno Smith‘s character and work ethic. Smith was blasted in Nolan Nawrocki‘s scouting report for Pro Football Weekly. Nawrocki wrote that Smith is “not a student of the game,” has “nonchalant field presence,” “does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire,” has a...
Via NESN.com
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

When Quarterback Rankings Go Wrong: Jason Smith Of NFL.com

Jason Smith is a fantasy football writer for NFL.com. However, he recently ranked the top 32 quarterbacks in the league not based on their fantasy projections but just on where each quarterback in the NFL currently ranks heading into 2012 overall as a player. The list was a head scratcher to say the least, particularly with his classification of Mark Sanchez who continues to receive...
Via Turn On The Jets
April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

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