With the NFL draft only a few days away, many WVU fans are curious where quarterback Geno Smith will end up. There is no doubt Smith will be a first round pick.
But recently several teams that may have thought about drafting Smith have traded for or signed signal callers as free agents. The Oakland Raiders traded for Matt Flynn, who sat on the bench behind rookie Russell Wilson last season. Seattle had traded Green Bay for Flynn with the thoughts that he would be their quarterback. However, they drafted Wilson and he came in and won the starting job in his rookie season.
Buffalo signed Kevin Kolb and Kansas City traded for Alex Smith. The Raiders traded Carson Palmer to Arizona. All three of those teams needed quarterbacks. They could still draft Geno Smith and have him learn and sit a year or two, before getting the starting nod.
The guess here is that Geno Smith will be drafted 4th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick has not produced as well as they had thought when they traded Kolb and gave him the starting job. Plus he has suffered several injuries. Geno Smith could come in, learn and then be ready to step in.
He could also still go to Buffalo at No. 8 and be ready to step in if Kolb doesn’t pan out. Note: Kolb did not fare well in Arizona. Some say Jacksonville is a possibility, even though they drafted Blaine Gabbert a couple of seasons ago. But Gabbert has not performed like the Jaguars thought he would after they brought him in. Smith is from Florida and that would be a great draw for the Jags. Plus, I’m sure his family would love to have him back in the Sunshine State.
It should be pointed out that Geno Smith scored a pretty impressive 24 on the Wonderlic test. That is an aptitude grade many NFL teams use when deciding whether to draft a player. Something many may not know, Smith was a great student and is also an accomplished author.
He was on ESPN2 with Jon Gruden this past Thursday. Gruden has the show “Gruden’s QB Camp.”
Wide receiver Tavon Austin will also likely be drafted in the first round. His speed and athleticism make him a multi-purpose type player who could be a great selection for some NFL team.
Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson, a native of South Charleston, is likely to go as high as the third round. He did well in the NFL combine and has a great skill set that NFL teams like.
WVU center Joe Madsen could also be drafted in the late rounds. If not, he will surely get a shot as a free agent. Madsen can also play other positions on the offensive line.
… Congratulations to Doug Ward for recently completing his doctorate degree at Morehead State University. Ward, a former standout athlete at Williamson High School, currently serves as principal at Burch Elementary School in Delbarton.
Ward has been the head football coach at his alma mater or Williamson High, Burch and Tug Valley in the past. This just goes to show you that jocks can also make it in the classroom as well as in sports. Getting his Master’s Degree was an accomplishment, but now to get his doctorate, Ward is to be commended.
… Former Williamson High School athlete and Hall of Fame member Glen McCoy of Parkersburg recently saw his son Mike McCoy inducted into his second hall of fame in the last two years.
In June, Mike will be inducted in the Mid-Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in the class of 2013. In 2012 he was inducted into the Parkersburg High Football Hall of Fame.
Mike was a standout football player at Parkersburg High School and later at Marshall University. At Parkersburg he earned all-state honors and is sixth on the school’s all-time rushing list with more than 2,500 yards.
He went on to Marshall and started as fullback and a four-year letterman for the Herd. His mother is Betty Mae McCoy. Mike is now a State Farm Agent in Moundsville, W.Va. and lives in Glen Dale with his wife and two sons.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to or firstname.lastname@example.org)