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Comparing Draft Prospects To NFL Players

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MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia

When evaluating college quarterbacks, stats can be misleading as widely differing systems lead to skewed numbers. That may not be the case with Geno Smith, who in the last two seasons has combined for 8,590 yards with 73 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions, while completing over 65 percent. Smith displays elite arm strength and accuracy, whether on a 65-yard sideline fade or a 3-yard drag pass. He also has the athleticism to escape pressure in the pocket.

Smith's attributes are similar to that of recent Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, who has displayed elite arm strength since entering the league. This was on full display during the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl run where he threw for over 1,100 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. During this time, Flacco had a 9.05 yards per-attempt average, the highest in the NFL playoffs. Flacco has also shown that he is comfortable throwing the ball deep down the field but is just as comfortable checking the ball down to a running back.