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Geno Smith Spent His Pre-Draft Interviews Dicking Around on His Phone

Yahoo! - Less than a week after the New York Jets picked Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft, the quarterback is still under great scrutiny in league circles. … Smith, who at one point was expecting to be the No. 1 overall pick and at least a top 10 selection, has big plans for his career… The problem is that NFL types see a guy who, right now, doesn’t understand how to get there. “His biggest problem is that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know,” said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. “I’m not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn’t listen or talk to our coaches …”  Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities. “All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one of the sources said. “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”

So Smith expected to be the No. 1 pick or Top 10 at least.  And when he wasn’t, he blames it on his agents and fires them.  (See KFC’s blog about it here.) Now we find out the whole time he was supposed to be demonstrating his value to his prospective employers – the guys who are ready to put millions on the line and know goddamned well their whole careers depend on finding a franchise quarterback – Smith was busy looking at pet pictures on Instagram and playing Star Wars Angry Birds.  And the best part is that while that makes the rest of the NFL run away from Smith like he’s wearing a suicide vest, the Jets see this and say “We found our guy!”  Priceless.  As a guy who prides himself on being one of the world’s foremost Jets bashers, I almost feel guilty.  They are the Gift That Keeps on Giving.  The Jets are just this inexhaustible reservoir of bad decision-making.  A giant, bottomless cup of suckitude.  I lose Tim Tebow. Mark Sanchez is walking the Green Mile.  And just when I think I’ll run out of Jets to ridicule, they draft a QB who interviewed like Dale Doback:

The Jets make me feel like I’m one of those trust fund babies who hits a lottery jackpot. This is just an embarrassment of riches. I just don’t deserve this kind of largesse, but as along as they want to keep sending the checks, I’ll keep cashing them. It’s going to be a fun 3 or 4 years before they finally waive Geno Smith. @JerryThornton1