The stage was set for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to improve his stock on WVU’s Pro Day Thursday morning.
Smith, a guy who threw for 11,662 yards, 98 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his four seasons at West Virginia, completed 60 of his 64 throws during his drill with the Mountaineers receiving core.
One of the only negatives on the day for Smith was a high-arching 40-yard pass attempt that hit a net attached to the ceiling of West Virginia’s indoor practice facility.
“That net’s the best defender in the building,” he joked after the performance.
While Smith’s 4,205-yard and 42-touchdown season may already have experts putting their trust into the West Virginia quarterback, he realizes there is still work to do up until April 25. As of right now, Smith is considered the top quarterback of this year’s class.
While 29 NFL teams witnessed Smith and highly ranked receivers in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, Smith excelled with his footwork, moving out of the pocket and even showing some mobility.
The workout was done by former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke — now director of the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Smith met with head coach Chip Kelly and staff of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday afternoon in Morgantown. Following his workout at Pro Day, he met with representatives of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the press conference following the event, Smith said he has meetings with a dozen NFL teams — including one with the Buffalo Bills on March 22.
Former West Virginia/Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White had a closed workout in hopes of an NFL return. He mentioned that the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL had interest and offered him a contract, but his passion lies with the NFL.
“I’m pretty certain that I’ll be in somebody’s uniform next year, whether it’s in the NFL or Canadian League,” he said. “I’m excited about that.”
Here’s another Geno Smith interview with Mike Mayock:
Here are some of the workouts done throughout the event: