So he spends 10 seconds on the good and two minutes on the bad here for whatever reason.
And again, every QB has overthrows, underthrows, etc. Even Brady. To say Geno has to make those throws 100% of the time is ridiculous.
And to harp on the negative on this kid's draft day is petty.
He also reveals his bias at the end when he thinks it's so hilarious that he's going to the Jets because we have Tim Tebow, and four other QBs on the roster, like that's relevant to anything.
When I look at Geno, I see a kid who's got everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback, but there's just too much bad tape. I would not take him this early; I would go for an edge or a corner. However, I really think Joe Banner might pull the trigger on the quarterback from West Virginia.
Mayock didn't "consistently call him a franchise QB" previously. Again, this is what he said about him in his mock:
"When I look at Geno, I see a kid who's got everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback, but there's just too much bad tape," Mayock writes. "I would not take him this early; I would go for an edge or a corner. However, I really think Joe Banner might pull the trigger on the quarterback from West Virginia." We doubt the Browns go quarterback this early.
Do you see the word "BUT" in that statement ?
Leading up to his mock draft and the actual draft, he consistently called him a franchise QB and said he was the only QB in the class worthy of a 1st round grade. He did say that there was some bad tape out there, but that was NEVER the main focus of his narrative at any point until AFTER the Jets drafted him. If you are suggesting that he didn't childishly go after Geno and the Jets and had what was seemingly a rant filled hissy fit on the air right after the Jets made the pick, then we are going to have to agree to disagree.
Yes, but that is EXACTLY what the Jets did. The jets followed Mayock's "instructions" to a T. They DID NOT take him too early (as in a top 10 pick). The Jets DID take a corner (the highest rated in the draft). The jets also took a "pass rusher" in Richardson at 13.
Sounds to me like mayock was creating drama for TV and not objectively analyzing the selection.
If you go back and watch the coverage of the Jets picking Geno Smith, and if you watch the tape and listen closely, you can actually hear Mayock's commentary at the beginning of the tape for about 5 seconds, then it is suddenly shut out by the producers.
That leads me to believe that the NFLN production staff planned to go with pre-cut video and audio when Geno was selected. It was the same video and audio they cut back on February 23rd when Mayock did his analysis of all the college QBs, including Geno. It presented both the good and the bad.
It got overrun because Rich Eisen couldn't shut his pie hole. Eisen was bound and determined to make the Jets look like idiots, regardless of who they picked. He's a SOJF who happens to have a position in the media. Hopefully, not for much longer.
Mayock is not the bad guy here. He's been remarkably consistent in his appraisal of Geno Smith from Day 1.
It was Eisen. The "star" of NFLN, overstepping his bounds that colored the Jets pick in a negative light.
Generally, teams that would take a QB in the top 15/20 are teams that are looking for a starter/franchise QB. Teams taking a QB later in the first round and even into the 2nd are looking for a future starting QB, one who will understudy for a while.
In looking at this, you can't forget the team and the situation that the QB is going into. That's why Mayock didn't like the pick. As I said elsewhere, if the Pats, Steelers, Broncos or any other team with an established QB had taken Smith with the 39th pick, the reaction would have been different.
After the selection, another "expert" talked about how things are done in the NFL when there has been a regime change (might have been Bilick, but can't remember.) Idzik is new GM. Marty is new OC. They basically gave Rex a clean slate/do over. Part of this is selecting a new "franchise QB", which is how they viewed the Geno pick.
“It’s absolutely the football side,” Mayock said on Path to the Draft. “Talk about the football issues: First of all, ball security, ties into the pocket awareness. Whatever that number is, 30, 32 fumbles in his career, he has no awareness of the rush surrounding him. So his pocket awareness — five sacks in the first half against Texas, three of them he could have gotten rid of the football easily, and one of them he was stripped of the football in the end zone for a touchdown. There’s no internal clock, there’s no feel.”
Mayock also said that while Smith threw a lot of long touchdown passes at West Virginia, he could have thrown a lot more if he didn’t miss open receivers downfield.
“Deep ball accuracy: I put a reel together of six to eight throws that should have been touchdowns, wide open vertical guys that he overthrew or underthrew,” Mayock said. “He stares down receivers and he throws the football late, so there’s a lack of anticipation and timing.”