With his draft-day fate just two days away, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has a message for his far-flung critics:
Just want to thank all those so called "experts" who say I can't be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day but the work has only begunâ Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith_12) April 23, 2013
Smith has been the torchbearer for a heavily maligned class of signal-callers described by one anonymous NFC evaluator this week as downright "crappy."
For Smith, there's also the matter of a controversial scouting report from Pro Football Weekly that questioned the quarterback's work habits and desire for the game.
"A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room," read the report, which drew a response from Smith, who called it "untrue in all things."
Despite the ominous reviews, Smith is bound to go in the first round and will have a chance to prove his critics wrong come September. In the meantime, can we get a Matt Barkley retweet?
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