FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith's surprising slide through the NFL draft stopped in the second round with the New York Jets.
The former West Virginia star, considered by many to be the top quarterback available in this year's draft, was taken with the seventh pick in the second round, 39th overall, Friday night. He could be the future replacement for Mark Sanchez.
Smith went from looking embarrassed and frustrated on national TV during Thursday's first round, sitting back stage at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan as pick after pick came and went and he remained seated and wondered where he'd end up - and when.
He originally planned to head back home, but opted to stay for the second day of the draft.
"Right now, none of that matters," Smith said during a conference call.
And his wait didn't take long Friday night even though a few teams that were expected to be in the mix for Smith - Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Arizona - went in other directions.
Former wide receiver Wayne Chrebet took the podium at Radio City to announce the pick, and Jets fans gathered there were loud, with many cheering and others booing.
"When I received the call, I was extremely elated," Smith said.