Eagles Wake-Up Call: Jaws Details Geno Smith Workout

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith worked out for teams around the league Thursday during his Pro Day.

According to a USA Today report, 29 of the NFL’s 32 franchises had a representative there, including the Eagles, who sent senior scouting adviser Tom Donahoe.

Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman did not need to attend because they already worked Smith out earlier in the week. The coach and GM were joined by owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday in Morgantown.

Ron Jaworski was in attendance Thursday and asked Smith about his meeting with the Eagles’ brass.

“He said the Eagles gave him a pretty rough workout,” Jaws told Mike Missanelli during an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic. “He threw almost a hundred balls on Monday. He said a lot of those were the movement-type throws – sprinting right, sprinting left, coming back against the grain. A lot of those types of throws that we know in Chip Kelly’s offense, he’s going to demand mobility from the quarterback.

“He also said the meeting was very intense at the blackboard. It was Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and of course Chip Kelly. He said he felt very comfortable with them. He seemed to think they were comfortable with him. But he said it was a pretty grueling, intense workout they put him through.”

As we mentioned earlier in the week, there are two possibilities here. One is that the Eagles are considering Smith with the No. 4 pick. And the other is that they want to create the impression that they’re interested in Smith for trade purposes.

I tend to lean towards the former.

As for Jaws, he said he’s already seen improvement from Smith since the end of the college season, now that he’s working with pro QB coaches. Asked about Smith’s fit in Kelly’s offense, Jaws said, “I think he’s a guy that’s going to play in this game for 10 to 12 years, be your prototypical pocket passer.

“I would almost say a little bit like Russell Wilson. He’s a guy that will take the running opportunities. And they’ll design some runs for him [Wilson] out in Seattle. But I think when you look at Geno, he’ll play from the pocket, but he can also beat you with his legs.”

Jaws quickly added though that Kelly will have to adapt his Oregon offense in the pros, so it’s difficult to project potential fit without knowing exactly what he’s looking for.

“The offense that we saw at Oregon will not be run in the NFL,” he said. “I will tell you that right now, categorically, it will not work.”

Jaws likes Smith’s arm and athleticism, but said interested teams need to make sure Smith possesses the right leadership qualities.

Asked if he thinks the Eagles will snag Smith with the fourth pick, Jaws said, “I would probably say it’s 50-50.”

WHAT YOU MISSED

The Eagles signed cornerback Cary Williams and safety Kenny Phillips.

Williams says he wants to show he’s not a crazy, wild man.

The Birds also added outside linebacker Connor Barwin.

T-Mac talks Geno Smith in his weekly mailbag.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Now with the Broncos, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talked about his time with the Eagles. From Pro Football Talk:

“When you have a lot of talented guys like that a lot of things are expected of you,” he said. “Don’t get caught up in the hype of names of people on the roster.”

“It seemed like we had everything,” he said. “The coaches, the players — sometimes in football it just doesn’t go your way.”

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com offers his take on the Barwin signing:

While it’s entirely possible that Trent Cole and Brandon Graham, who were defensive ends last season when the Eagles lined up in a 4-3, can handle the likely change in roles, it’s also possible that they cannot. Bringing in someone such as Barwin augments the pass rush with someone the Eagles know can handle it, deepens the pass-rushing talent on the roster and improves the Eagles’ versatility on several fronts.

COMING UP

We’ll talk to Williams and Phillips this afternoon. And who knows? Maybe another signing or two will come down today.

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  • Sensei

    If they like him and think he’s their guy then by all means take him

  • Warhound

    Just a wee bit brighter this morn’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlie.lebont Flash James T. Starkiller

    You know what I like the most about maybe taking Geno Smith? He’s not Michael Vick

    • Token

      lol yea. Im not a big fan of it if it happens. But if it means anyone but Vick is starting ill deal with it.

    • peteike

      haha love it. I concur

  • CJ

    You’ve gotta like what this team has done so far. As much as they’re rebuilding the roster, they’re rebuilding the locker room as well and trying to re-instill a winning culture that the younger guys on this team just haven’t been a part of to date.

    Of the 8 guys the Eagles signed thus far:
    3 have SB rings
    4 played in a SB
    6 have played on contenders.

    7 are under 30
    None of the 8 have long term deals the Eagles are stuck with for a while. Even the longer deals have outs after just 1-2 years.
    At least half have 3-4 experience, including both guys in the front 7 currently projected as key contributors
    At least half also have played key ST roles on their former teams.

    • theycallmerob

      Solid post, I think you’ve summed up most of the FO thinking. And I agree it’s the right way to go.

    • knighn

      I second “theycallmerob” – good post.

  • RIDUSOFREID

    love the site guys. I still think Vick might be on someone else’s roster in September- though that could just be wishful thinking. I do like the direction that we are going in- must get rid of players who did not care enough to do their best. Sends the right message. I think Reid was too loyal- I’m sure he is a nice guy but the wrong coach in the NFL

    • knighn

      Whoever is the best QB to lead Chip Kelly’s team, I want on this team. Vick’s history (injuries, turnovers) would suggest that it is NOT him. However, if Vick beats out all other Eagles QBs through OTAs and pre-season, he’s got to be the starter. Once again: his history shows that it is not likely to happen, but Vick has never played in Chip’s offense before. Let’s at least give him a few practices to see how he does!

  • Richard Colton

    Even though Andy is gone, the Geno Smith thing smacks of the “We’re smarter than you” mentality that existed during the Banner/Reid years. I haven’t heard anyone say that Geno is a can’t miss 1st round QB. Even the experts that like him qualify their answers by saying they wouldn’t draft him top ten.

    There may be a cornerstone LT/DE/CB that the eagles love at #4. Let’s not screw this up.

    • BlindChow

      Someone will draft Geno top 10, though. If the Eagles want him, that’s pretty much where they’ll have to take him…

    • southy

      Let’s be honest. There have been only a handful of people that are “can’t miss 1st round QBs” in the past decade. Guys taken 1 overall bust spectacularly, and it’s not necessarily that the team taking them didn’t do their homework.

      I’d be happier if they take someone else at 4 and maybe go for Manuel in rd 2, but if they take him, I’m not going to scream REACH. I’ll just sit back and get excited to see if the kid can do what Chip thinks he can.

      • Richard Colton

        Other than Jamarcus Russell, that’s 100% true. But if Geno Smith was class of ’12 instead of ’13 – is he a first round pick? I’m just not sure the risk/reward makes sense at #4. If Smith goes at 4 – Kelly/Howie’s entire NFL careers will be defined by that move. If you were Chip, would you take that chance on this guy?

        • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

          But if Geno Smith was class of ’12 instead of ’13 – is he a first round pick?

          Was Brandon Weeden?

  • borntosuffer

    My first thought of Chip Kelly as a professional coach went immediately to Spurrier. But, he comes off as much more cerebral than Spurrier. Learning about his background of taking teams with widely varying QB skill sets and winning is encouraging. The way he is putting the team together appears measured and focused. Maybe he is one of those coaches who, as Bum Phillips stated “can take hisen and bear yourn or take yourn and beat hisen”. We can only hope.

    • PaoliBulldog

      Kelly also has what Spurrier so badly lacked: an NFL-quality work ethic. Spurrier came to Washington and found that he couldn’t play golf in the afternoon. (Not that I blame him for wanting to!) Kelly understands that a head coach is like a CEO. Spurrier wanted to be the chairman of the board.

  • peteike

    Lot of people speculating teams will jump up to top few picks to snag him. As high as #1 is possible with teams getting desperate for a qb. I see oline pick in our near future.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Comical that Smith was kinda worn out with a tryout – at least he knows what he might be getting into with Chip Kelly. I don’t know if Geno Smith is the guy – I would rather see the Birds get Joeckel or Fisher to lay a good foundation along the O-line, and then draft or trade to get E.J. Manuel. But it’s true they need a QB, because Vick is a caretaker who can only last 6 or 7 games, and I don’t think Kelly likes Foles at all. Besides, why would he want to invest his time (and the clock is always ticking, even for a brand-new coach) on an Andy Reid project like Foles? I’m sure Kelly would rather work with his own pick.

  • TheKingCray

    My plans for our QB:

    • Draft Geno Smith. Then do a draft day trade to a team like the Bills or Jets In this trade make the team give up their current 1st Round Pick and a good pick from 2014.
    • Trade Nick Foles for a 2014 Draft Pick, preferably a 2nd or 3rd Round Pick.
    • Start Michael Vick at QB for 2013-2014 season.
    • Nearing the 2014 Draft, trade the Eagle’s 2014 1st Round Pick and the 2014 Picks received in the Smith and Foles trades and, if needed, one of the Eagle’s original picks for a very high 2014 pick. Then use this pick to draft Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota for the long term solution at QB.

    This process to get a QB may seem long and time consuming but the QB the Eagles would get (Bridgewater or Mariota) will be worth the wait and hard work to get them.