Geno Smith hasn’t had the best time in New York going back to last Thursday. After falling out of the first round, Smith considered not returning to Radio City Music Hall to go on stage when he would inevitably be drafted. Following the draft, Smith fired his agents this past Tuesday for a variety of reasons, most notably his fall from the first round. Smith had this to say on NFL Sirius radio following the change in agents:
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it,” he said. “The thing that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There’s a number of things. And that story, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.”
The events of the past week have cast a negative light on Geno Smith’s attitude, which apparently set off teams earlier in the pre-draft process as well. Smith was reported to have been on his cell phone during pre-draft interviews with teams, checking Twitter and texting friends, and according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork, one NFC scout had some harsh words on Smith’s behavior.
“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.”
Another official from a different team told Cimini that the cell-phone usage in interviews came up during their pre-draft process as well, and caused the team to give him a second-round draft grade with that in mind.
Any time you go for a job interview, every aspect of your behavior is up for discussion. Employers want to see that you are focused on them when you are in an interview, and that first impression is far too important to be spent messing around. Smith is learning that the hard way, as his drop in the draft cost him a shot at a $4 million-a-year contract. Smith can now expect to collect just about $5 million over the four years of his rookie deal.
If this past week was any indicator of the future, Smith will have a tough time dealing with the media in New York as a member of the Jets. Just ask Mark Sanchez how hard a task that is.
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