According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, at least one team that had a pick in the top-ten of last weeks draft passed on Jets quarterback Geno Smith because of his attitude.
Smith’s behavior before, during and after the draft has raised questions about his maturity, according to NFL talent evaluators. It also may have cost him money, approximately $3 million a year.
At least one quarterback-needy team in the top 10 passed on him because of the diva attitude he displayed in a pre-draft visit, according to a league source.
One NFL scout believes Smith will struggle in New York.
“He’s going to have a tough time in New York,” an NFC scout said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Right now, he’s coming off as a spoiled, pampered brat.”
Leading into the draft, word spread that Smith was preoccupied with his cell phone during pre-draft visits, texting friends and checking Twitter during meetings with team officials, as first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
In the NFL, a team visit is akin to a job interview. An aloof prospect is a major turnoff.
A league source confirmed the report. In fact, an official from one team — not a team that visited with Smith — said the cell-phone episode was mentioned and discussed in its draft room while evaluating Smith.
That same team rated Smith the top quarterback in the draft, but assigned him only a second-round grade.
Right now it sounds like a lot of people are expecting Smith to be a bust. He needs to use the criticism he’s been receiving as motivation and make sure that he does what he needs to do so succeed with the Jets.