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Geno Smith's 'slow eyes' spell trouble in NFL?

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08:03 AM ET 03.27 | 'Tis the season for breaking down the prospects, which can be particularly harsh as the draft nears. It's widely believed Geno Smith will be the first quarterback off the board in April's NFL draft. But is the West Virginia star worthy of a first-round selection? NFL Films guru Greg Cosell doesn't think so, and he explained why during a Tuesday appearance on "The Rich Eisen Podcast." According to Cosell, Smith misses too many routine throws, a sign that his ball location isn't as precise as it should be for a pocket passer. Cosell also has concerns about Smith's "slow eyes." ... "[Too] many times I thought that throws that were there clearly defined, he took an extra beat. And in the NFL, that will kill you."

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March 27, 2013  08:15 AM ET

"Slow eyes"? Better have "fast feet", then.

March 27, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Are slow eyes worse than sad eyes???

March 27, 2013  08:17 AM ET

The officer says, "now follow my finger with your eyes"

March 27, 2013  08:34 AM ET

He's got Bette Davis eyes.

March 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET

I agree with Greg Cosell and have said so months ago. Nassib is a better prospect than Smith. Saw smith play awful in big games too many times to like him much. We shall see. Bills pick will be the telling one in this draft of QBs.

March 27, 2013  08:41 AM ET

misses too many routine throws

That appears to be Josh Freeman's affliction as well.

March 27, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Bills pick will be the telling one in this draft of QBs.

The Bills would do better with Tarot cards and a Oujia Board. Their picks are effectively a random number generator, and you can't learn much from them.

March 27, 2013  09:54 AM ET

So what was his eyes 40 time at the combine?

March 27, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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So what was his eyes 40 time at the combine?

This would give the NFL a chance to have cheerleaders at the combine, to see how fast a QB's eyes were capable of reacting to opportunities to score.

March 27, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's got Bette Davis eyes.

The title of this article should read, ???Don???t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue"

March 27, 2013  11:48 AM ET

When I hear 'slow eyes' I assume the quarterback isn't looking off receivers and going through his reads quickly enough.

But what they described here is poor throwing accuracy. I'm not sure I'd blame the eyes for that.

March 27, 2013  12:11 PM ET

Smith was eye candy for half a season. Then the big boys started to figure him out. He's this generation's Andre Ware.

March 27, 2013  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The title of this article should read, ???Don???t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue"

HAHAHA!!!

March 27, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

When I hear 'slow eyes' I assume the quarterback isn't looking off receivers and going through his reads quickly enough.But what they described here is poor throwing accuracy. I'm not sure I'd blame the eyes for that.

After rereading the article it actually appears to be both.

He misses too many open recievers (accuracy) and he doesn't see them fast enough (not getting through his reads quick enough). Neither problem boodes well for a sucessful NFL career IMO.

March 27, 2013  07:39 PM ET

Common. This is the new slow brain but you can't say that if the person is black so slow eyes works for some people. Yes if he needs thinking time the NFL won't work for him

March 27, 2013  08:35 PM ET

Every Year an exiting quarterback comes out of College, but playing in the Pros is a Brand New Game, I wish Geno Well, but he's got a mountain to climb!!!

March 27, 2013  10:16 PM ET

He played poorly in most of the big games last year. He was great until they started claiming he was the next big thing. None of the quarterbacks this year seem to be first round material.

 
March 28, 2013  06:39 PM ET

The difference between the average release time (given the same dropback) for Tom Brady and Tim Tebow is less than a second. There are other differences in their mechanics, but Brady's QB coach said he could fix those in two weeks.

The release time? That's a killer. That's why one is trying to be the first QB in a long time to win 4 SBs and the other is trying to avoid getting switched to tight end or running back.

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