Matt LaPan

Comparing Draft Prospects To NFL Players

Created on Mar. 17, 2013 1:28 PM EST

Geno Smith and Joe Flacco

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. 

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