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A solid showing at the 2013 NFL Combine has not vaulted Geno Smith higher than the Buffalo Bills' No. 8 overall pick in Tony Pauline's latest mock draft.
With the 2013 NFL Combine now in the books, mock drafters everywhere are adjusting their projections to account for the weekend that was in Indianapolis. In his first mock draft since the conclusion of the Combine, the venerable Tony Pauline (here for USA Today) has the Buffalo Bills landing West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 8 overall pick.
Smith measured in at 6'2" and 218 pounds in Indianapolis, then paced all quarterbacks on hand with a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and more good athletic numbers (33.5-inch vertical jump, 10'4" broad jump), lending credence to the idea that he might be something more than a pure pocket passer. He then did more than enough in field work to cement his status as the top overall quarterback available this year, though he did not necessarily separate himself from the pack in doing so.
As the top quarterback, it's tough to envision him falling all the way to the No. 8 overall pick - the last time the first quarterback was drafted that low was in 2000, when Chad Pennington went off the board at No. 18 overall - but it seems pretty obvious to us that the quarterback-starved Bills would jump at the chance to land a prospect like Smith if he were available. Even if he never beat Doug Marrone's Syracuse teams.
Where do you think Smith will end up being drafted this year, Bills fans?