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Gus Bradley sounds impressed with Geno Smith

  • By Kenny Legan NFL.com
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Gus Bradley has a big decision to make in his inaugural season as Jacksonville Jaguars coach. Should he stick with third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has been a disappointment since the Jaguars took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft?

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Or should he use the second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to grab a rookie signal-caller in a draft seemingly devoid of a franchise option?

Thus far, Bradley hasn't given many signs as to which route he will take, but he did attend former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's pro day last week along with Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and left very impressed.

"I had high expectations, but I came out of there feeling even better," Bradley said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, according to The Florida Times-Union.

"I sat down with him and I just wanted to see how he would be once he entered our building," Bradley said. "Are people going to gravitate toward him? Is he going to be a leader? Is he going to be a guy everybody backs and will he allow that to happen? And I wanted to see his competitiveness. Is he going to come into the building and will it be a deal where it's his team and somebody will have to take it away from him?"

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It seems Smith aced these questions in Bradley's mind, but Bradley wasn't the only coach talking up Smith on Tuesday. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid also had some positive remarks about the man NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock rates the top quarterback in the 2013 draft class.

Of course, there's a distinct possibility both coaches are bluffing in the hopes of baiting a team to trade up, but at the very least, these latest comments from Bradley show that Smith is still an option.

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