In their search for a new starting quarterback, the Buffalo Bills will get an extended look at West Virginia's Geno Smith. After witnessing Smith's pro day on the campus of West Virginia University, the Bills conducted a private workout with the quarterback Friday at an unknown location.
Smith is widely regarded by analysts as the top quarterback available in the 2013 NFL Draft, and could be on the board when the Bills are on the clock with the eighth overall selection. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound passer stormed on to the draft scene with his video game-esque statistics he accrued during certain games over the 2012 season.
Smith completed 71.2-percent of his passes this season for a grand total of 4,198 yards, 42 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 13 games played. Although mobile enough to run for a high average, the quarterback only gained 167 yards and two touchdowns on 69 total carries.
In addition to the Bills, the Jaguars (No. 2), Raiders (No. 3), Eagles (No. 4) and Browns (No. 6) have all shown, or have been rumored to have interest in Smith's services. Even the Kansas City Chiefs, who own the top pick overall, have publicly stated that they haven't ruled out the idea of drafting Smith.
Among the quarterbacks at the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, he ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.56 seconds), the longest broad jump (124 inches) and was only half-an-inch behind the top vertical jump (33.5 inches).
The private workout does not count as one of the Bills' 30 allowed official visits for the draft season, because it will not be held at team facilities. The team confirmed that on their official website.
Smith is one of six or seven draft eligibile quarterbacks that will be put through a private workout with the team. GM Buddy Nix confirmed to John Kryk of the Toronto Sun that USC's Matt Barkley would be another participating in a private workout, in addition to the rest.