Quarterback responds to criticism over his skills and work ethic.
Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has taken to Twitter to slam the draft critics who have questioned whether he can succeed in the NFL.
Smith is eagerly anticipating Thursday’s Draft along with many other hopefuls, but has come under scrutiny in recent weeks following a report in Pro Football Weekly.
The 22-year-old is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the Draft despite the negative report he received, which amongst other things questioned his “football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room”.
However, he took to Twitter on Tuesday to address the criticism again while also expressing his desire to continue to work hard even after he is selected in the Draft.
Just want to thank all those so called “experts” who say I can’t be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day but the work has only begun
— Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith_12) April 23, 2013
Despite the ominous reviews, it is likely that Smith will go in the first round and will have the perfect opportunity to silence his critics and put doubts to rest in September.
The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be primed to make a move for the quarterback, with owner Jeffrey Lurie at Smith’s workout for the team. With the positional slot high on their agenda, it is widely expected that Smith will be their franchise quarterback come the start of the new season.