Midwest Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
Looks like I was really, really wrong, wasn’t I? Well, myself and everyone else. “Tonight, Geno Smith will hear his name called. That’s pretty much what we know.” That’s what I said on Thursday. Just listen to me. What an idiot! I sound like Chris Harrison from The Bachelor. Hyperboles and wishful thinking, left, right, and center.
Fact is, Geno Smith has become bigger than the Draft. When you’re bigger than the Draft, you’ll always lose, whether you’re taken in the first round or not. Geno was not.
Now, he’s got Day 2, and Round 2. Maybe Round 3.
He had to sit there last night in the Green Room while camera crews fluttered over him and his increasingly disappointed family. Nobody will remember that Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel were taken one and two. They’ll remember that Matt Barkley and Geno Smith weren’t taken at all. And, to some extent, Manti Te’o and Ryan Nassib, too.
Even Aaron Rodgers entered the fray:
Hang in there Geno, “good things come to those who wait” -Paul Tagliabue
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 26, 2013
Of course, Rodgers only had to wait until the 24th pick to hear his name called. Disappointing for that a guy who could have gone No. 1, sure, but the only guy who believed Geno Smith might go No. 1 was Geno Smith. (Also, Rodgers went to the Green Bay Packers. I know it was rough, initially, because this other guy named Brett Favre was there, but what young quarterback in their right mind wouldn’t want to be drafted by the most legendary franchise in NFL history?)
Everyone else knew this might happen.
The real winner here was the NFL, and every one of its 32 teams.
Now, they’ve all made the selections they — hopefully — wanted to make on Day 1. No pressure to take a guy just because ESPN wanted to see his name printed (or, typed). Nope. They just went out there and got the boring ol’ white left tackles they need.
Easy peezy, lemon squeezy.
Now, entering Day 2, every one of those same teams has a shot at Smith, Barkley, Nassib, or Te’o.
Will they be stars? Will they be the real deal?
Who cares. Fact is, you’re not going to lose your job over taking a bust in Round 2.
Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville Jaguars)
E.J. Manuel (Buffalo Bills)
Tavon Austin (St. Louis Rams)