• By BRIAN COSTELLO
  • West Virginia QB Geno Smith was selected by the Jets in the second round of the NFL Draft.

West Virginia QB Geno Smith was selected by the Jets in the second round of the NFL Draft.

 Get ready for Broadway Geno.

The Jets pulled a stunner with the seventh pick of the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Smith was viewed by many people as the best quarterback in this year’s draft but he slid out of the first round Thursday night as America watched him sit in the green room not hearing his name called. He had to wait for the Jets’ pick to come up at 39 overall last night to be chosen.

 

Rumors swirled throughout the day that the Jets were trying to trade up to select Smith. As he continued to fall, the scenario became more and more likely.

This likely spells the end of Mark Sanchez’s time with the Jets. The team could designate Sanchez a post-June 1 cut to save on salary cap space. He would then count $12.3 million against the cap, less than he would if he is on the roster. The Jets would owe him $8.75 million, a check that would be tough for owner Woody Johnson to cut, but why keep him around if Smith is viewed as your future?

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 218 pounder, threw for 42 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Mountaineers. He threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in a 70-63 victory over Baylor.

The selection of a quarterback could be good news for head coach Rex Ryan, who will avoid much blame if the team struggles with a rookie quarterback this season.

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