Friday, April 26, 2013
WVU's Smith changes mind, staying at draft
By David Ubben
Geno Smith was ushered out of the green room with a couple of picks remaining in the first round of Thursday night's NFL draft, and in an off-camera interview with ESPN, said he would be leaving New York City and going home for Friday's second and third rounds.
Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Smith changed his mind and agreed to be the lone player in the green room on Friday night, prepared to continue to wait for an NFL team to call with the cameras still rolling.
Smith is a pretty open personality, so it'll be interesting to see what he says about the change of heart in post-draft interviews. His drop in the draft won't be forgotten, but the flip-flop on his attendance will be an afterthought if he can prove himself on the field.
Consider it something of a Rorschach test for your opinion on Geno Smith. Ultimately, I don't think his attendance matters or says very much about him. Sticking around doesn't prove anything. Leaving isn't some grand declaration and definitive proof that he's being a baby. He's in a lose-lose situation. People will see what they want.
Most importantly for Smith, he won't have to wait much longer before he can go back to football and be past the draft drama.