CBSSports.com's Rob Rang and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay agree on Smith to the Bills with the eighth selection. That would put Smith with new Buffalo Coach Doug Marrone, whose Syracuse team stymied Smith in the cold and snowy Pinstripe Bowl in December.
"With Geno Smith I see flashes of everything you want in a top 10 quarterback," Mayock said. "I see a lot more inconsistency, though, than I see those flashes. So he, to me, there is a real risk-reward scenario there."
McShay ranked Smith 23rd overall, but by projecting Smith to the Bills he is acknowledging the thin quarterback class and needs of a team could push the WVU QB into the top 10.
A year after Luck, Griffin and fellow rookie Russell Wilson dominated headlines in the NFL, only 16 quarterbacks were invited to next week's NFL scouting combine.
That's the lowest total in 11 years.
Smith's stock ebbed and flowed throughout his senior season, peaking after his 656-yard, eight-touchdown performance in the Big 12 opener and undergoing a precipitous fall in the second half of the season.
Next week's combine could remind the experts and analysts - none of whom have a draft pick, I remind you - of the tools in which they became fascinated with in September.
"During the process, if a quarterback shows a live arm and some intelligence, work ethic and toughness, all those kind of things, as coaches get involved with the process with the personnel people, it can push quarterbacks higher.
"So if you look at this group, and I kind of carved Geno Smith and Matt Barkley away because I think they're going to be the first two off the board. They'll both end up in the first round somewhere.
"It could be a lot higher than I would expect."
A February mock draft or projection being off would not be a first.
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