West Virginia's Geno Smith isn't just the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy on a team that could win the Big 12 Championship, he's also possibly the best senior quarterback prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Coming into the year, nearly all draft experts would've tabbed USC's Matt Barkley as the best senior available at the quarterback spot. But Barkley's sub-par performance thus far has hurt his potential draft stock, just like his chances of taking the Heisman. Meanwhile, Smith has done nothing but throw touchdowns and break records, impressing many in the pros.
Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation discussed Smith's early rise on the draft board, saying the quarterback has almost certainly guaranteed himself a first-round selection:
The Mountaineers' quarterback has undoubtedly been impressive to begin the season. His size and arm strength are both ideal for the NFL. He has proven his toughness, standing in the pocket and taking big hits while delivering the football. On top of that, he has developed a quick release and elite accuracy.
Fairburn writes that Smith still has a lot of work to do in a season that's not even halfway finished, including a tendency to hold on to the ball for too long - not to mention the fact that his Mountaineers have yet to face an elite defense.