When West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 NFL Draft live from Radio City Music Hall, he knew there was a risk that he could suffer a draft day fall. With one round of the draft now complete, that is exactly what happened to Smith as he fell out of the first thirty-two picks.
Smith was rated by many as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft class, but he wasn’t even the first quarterback off the board.
That honor went to Florida State’s EJ Manuel, who the Bills selected in the middle of round one after trading back with the St. Louis Rams.
With round two set to begin tomorrow, Smith can finally expect to hear his name called, but he has decided to get away from the attention and left Radio City Music Hall at the conclusion of the first-round with no intentions to return for another sit in the green room. He also decided against doing an on-camera interview with ESPN.
It’s unfortunate to see players suffer that public embarrassment, but it will allow Smith to enter the NFL with a huge chip on his shoulder.