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Geno Smith confident he can handle 'any offense' at QB


INDIANAPOLIS -- Geno Smith made it known that he does not consider himself a read-option quarterback. However, he is open to anything.

"I think I have the skill set that fits any offense," Smith said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. "I can play within the pocket, but I'm athletic enough to run that style of offense.

"I have the ability to. I don't think that's my game. I don't think my game is predicated around that. If a coach wants me to, I'll definitely be all for it."

The West Virginia signal-caller is in an odd spot as the 2013 NFL Draft approaches. Most consider Smith the top quarterback prospect, but this class doesn't match the level of quarterback star power of the previous five drafts. The prospects don't have the cachet of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton or Matt Ryan. The Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 pick, but there are questions regarding whether any quarterback is worth a first-round pick. But Smith's athletic ability combined with his pocket skills could make some team very, very happy. Especially with the read-option becoming a more prominent weapon around the NFL.

"I'm totally confident in my abilities," Smith said. "I'm not cocky or trying to say I'm this all-world player right now, because I have many areas where I need to grow. But I do feel like I have a great, tremendous skill set and that I have an opportunity to showcase that.

"You can watch the tape and see all the throws I make. Obviously, I can make every throw on the field. That still needs to be improved. Inconsistency is something that I struggled with, I believe. ... Overall, I believe my skill set is one that is tailored for any offense."

Smith came across as confident yet humble; smart in understanding there is much to learn and develop. He had a strong media session Friday, but he doesn't have to win over reporters this weekend.

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