Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) warms up prior the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Syracuse Orange at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Roundtable: Will Geno Smith Be The First Quarterback Taken In The Draft?

With the 2013 NFL Draft only a day away, the staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about whether or not West Virginia’s Geno Smith should be the first quarterback taken in the draft. They also say who they would take ahead of Smith (if they think he shouldn’t be the first QB taken).

Ricky: The 2013 NFL Draft is tricky when it comes to quarterbacks. Is it a weak year for QBs? Maybe. Does that mean many will not go? Not at all. Geno Smith is just the early quarterback that many experts decided to peg as the top quarterback. He had early success last season at West Virginia and that helped him earn the hype. Would I take Smith first? No. I would take either E.J. Manuel or Mike Glennon before Smith.

First, I was surprised by the performance I saw of Glennon at this year’s Senior Bowl. He has the tools and the arm to be successful in the NFL with some improvement. As for Manuel, I feel he will thrive due to the moible QB craze. Manuel could have success doing what Cam Newton and RGIII are doing (as long as he stays healthy). Plus, I think Manuel is a better mobile QB than Geno Smith.

Austin: Geno Smith has the potential to be a great quarterback in the NFL. He has all the tools to be a good dual threat back. My opinion though, if I’m taking a quarterback I would be more apt to take Matt Barkley from USC.

I feel like overall he is the most pro ready quarterback in the draft. He took a beating this year and I feel like that is going to make him better in the long run. On top of that, he was smart enough to stay in school and work on his game. My big reason for putting Barkley ahead of Smith is because as a dual threat back his shelf life may not be quite as long as a pro style quarterback.

The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writer Austin Jabs.

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