Russell Wilson. Andrew Lock. Robert Griffin III.
Just three names from the list of the quarterback class of 2012. Names that should go on to have long and successful careers in the NFL.
Every player knows that the light that shines on them one year, could well be dimmed and be cast in a different direction the following season.
This could well be the case in 2013.
There is once again a new kid on the block.
Geno Smith, hailing out of West Virginia, is tipped to be, and rightly so, to be the No. 1 in this April's NFL Draft.
The Kansas City Chiefs probably never saw an end to their QB nightmares but now, loaded with a No. 1 pick at their disposal, that end is in sight.
New head coach Andy Reid knows a good thing when he sees it and if he wants to show the NFL world that his footballing sense hasn't completely left him then Smith will be putting on a Chiefs Red jersey very soon.
So we all know that the transition from college ball to the NFL is an immensely tricky one, you may have the ability, but do you have the extra special ingredient to rise above the hype?
Geno Smith is coming off an incredible senior year in West Virginia which saw him lead his Mountaineers to a 70-33 rout of Clemson in the Orange Bowl. During the season he was involved in a spectacular shootout with Baylor, in which he threw for an amazing 656 yards and 8 touchdowns, the game ending 70-63 in his teams favor. Then on the last day of the regular season he completed 23 of 24 passes against Kansas in a 59-10 win.
Its not just about the numbers.
This young man is already mature beyond his years, expressing great confidence. He told KCSP in Kansas City this week: "I just want to make sure people know that I have a goal, I have ambitions and I’m going to work until I get there. I’m not a guy who is cocky or over the top with it, I’m a very humble guy, quiet and I keep to myself, but when it comes down to football, this is something that I love to do and quite honestly I want to be the best at it.”
Smith opted out of this year's Senior Bowl which raised some eyebrows, but he has confirmed that he will be active at the Combine which starts in just a couple of days, and prove to everyone that he is the best option for the Chiefs with their top pick.
So. should he end up in Kansas City he will of course has his work cut out. This team has the No. 1 pick for a reason. Then again so did Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts last year, and look what happened there.
Coach Reid will get the best out of Smith and his fatherly approach to the game and his players will help nurture the player. Should these two get it going early the Chiefs could well be a threat in the AFC West next season, and for many more to come.