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Geno Smith, Matt Barkley Will Skip Senior Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs fans hoping to get one more look at the top QB prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft will have to wait until the scouting combine.

According to Liz Mullen od Sports Business Journal, both QBs will skip the Senior Bowl.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>QBs Geno Smith &amp; Matt Barkley will not play in Senior Bowl, Exec Dir Phil Savage told SBJ. <a href=””>#NFLDraft</a></p>&mdash; Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) <a href=”″ data-datetime=”2013-01-09T15:14:46+00:00″>January 9, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Fans may not like it but this is a smart move for both these guys. Playing in the Senior Bowl probably won’t do much good for them but it could hurt their draft stock. QBs in the Senior Bowl have to go in and learn a basic, hastily thrown playbook very quickly in order to play in an exhibition game with teammates they aren’t familiar with. That could mean some bad looks in front of NFL scouts.

Since these two are already considered two of the top QBs in the class, they will be better served controlling their exposure from here on out. They’ll have pro days with their own receivers where they’ll get to go through scripted plays and throws that they’ve practiced. Then they will go to the combine which will be another chance for them to prepare to show themselves at their best.

Truth be told, NFL scouts have plenty of tape on both these guys to study. The Senior Bowl is more of an opportunity for players who are still trying to get noticed to impress scouts one last time.

What do you think, Addicts? Should Smith and Barkley have turned down their Senior Bowl invites?

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  • Chief Hokie

    I get the whole thing about there being high risk, little reward to the senior bowl, but this whole mindset that I need to expose as little as I can to prove that I’m the best candidate is bull shit. If you’re the best you should go out there and prove it and be confident in yourself. Even if you screw up and don’t play that well, at least you can say you didn’t pussy out like the rest. I realize that not playing is the best thing for his draft stock but in terms of principle I think it sucks. Sorry for the language but it just irks me to no end.

    • Patrick Allen

      From a football standpoint, I see what you are saying but from a life/financial standpoint, it just doesn’t make sense. He’d be an idiot to do anything other than boost his draft stock at this point. Senior Bowl won’t show Geno or Barkley at their best.

      • Chief Hokie

        But say he goes out there and plays great – that would be a hell of a statement, if not for all the doubters out there, then for himself. And since everyone seems to agree that the senior bowl does not create a great environment for QB’s to shine in (with respect to the shotty playbook and the lack of chemistry between the QB and WRs), would people really judge him too harshly if he were to not play that well?

        Look, I totally get why players sit out their senior bowls and don’t throw at the combine. They don’t want to do anything to hurt their stock. It’s like when your lawyer tells you to just shut up and plead the fifth as to avoid further incriminating yourself. If opening your mouth can only hurt you, then why say anything? But that doesn’t change the principle of it all, which is that those who claim to be the best should take every opportunity they have to prove they are the best, ideally. But here we are today, where it’s not a matter of proving you are the best, but a matter of preventing others from proving you are not the best. Total bull.

        • superman_25_58

          I understand your point I would love to see him as well but while playing would shut all critics up if he does well but what if he does well but gets hurt than what? He wouldn’t be getting drafted in round 1 instead he would drop to 6-7 rd and wouldn’t be getting the money he can get if he just throws and participates in pro days/combine.

          • Chief Hokie

            That’s a fair argument and I see your point. I guess the way I see it is every football player who steps out onto the field on any given day knows the risks that come along with the sport. There is always the chance that they could get some career ending injury but they do it anyway. However I guess I can understand not wanting to get injured when you’ve got a fat contract coming your way. I just hope he doesn’t opt out of throwing in the combine because then the injury argument doesn’t apply.

          • Justin R Groth

            I understand what your saying about how every football player is at risk of injury when plays. However its a game of percentage and odds. He isn’t getting in this game for tje same reason we dont want starts in preseason games too long. The risks way outway the rewards. It’s sucks but sometimes you have to know the fight.

          • KCMikeG

            I want to see it all and since when did athletics become about avoiding opportunity to prove yourself? Deep issue since injury is always present and can end their career. Throwing at the combine better reflects how they will perform at practice not a game. The money isn’t as big of a gamble with the rookie wage scale so that risk is reduced. I think I don’t know what to think. Rarely is it difficult to find my side of an issue but this is one for sure.

          • superman_25_58

            And Geno will step out on every Sunday and play no matter what, but you got to see it’s also a business and to me this is a business decision between him and his Agent. Alot of QB’s throw on thier PRO DAYS (with thier WR’s they’re used to throwing to) and just use the combine for speed drills, high jump, and different things like that if I’m not mistaken RG3 didn’t throw at the Combine and was quoted as “him being smart not to”

            “INDIANAPOLIS — Top quarterback prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III didn’t throw Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
            By Steve Wyche NFL Network

            Reporter, and NFL Network”

            So basicly what i’m tryin to say is the senior bowl is a pointless game when ur a top draft pick trying to get paid. IMHO

        • yeaha

          qb work at senior bowl = pro bowl equiv

        • KCMikeG

          Perfectly said.

          • Chief Hokie

            Thanks bro

    • ArrowFan

      One can only assume that his agent is in control here and not him. I find it hard to believe that he himself would back down from an opportunity to compete, being the athlete he is.

      • Chief Hokie

        You’re probably right

    • KCMikeG

      Totally agree. Maybe if all of the “experts” in sports broadcasting would judge a player by his body of work above a game or even six. Nobody’s perfect, shit happens and it isn’t a solo sport last I checked.

  • big chief

    It couldn’t do Geno any more harm than his bowl game with his own playbook did. That was a hot mess.

  • yeaha

    imo if you are a top qb prospect, dont go to the silly senior bowl. if you are a 2nd-5th round guy, you want in there. This is a game more about the skill positions.

    • KCMikeG

      Kind of like preseason games.

  • ArrowFan

    Seems to me it is more of an opportunity to shine than fail unless of course a guy isn’t cut out to be an All Pro.

  • Larry Devore

    i saw enough of Geno in the Pinstripe Bowl. It was about an ugly a game that you could have. He might want to try the Senior Bowl.

  • Nick Shaffer

    I think its a smart, professional move. What is the point to go out a play a game that doesn’t mean anything, and risk injury or looking bad for NFL scouts because being a quarterback you have a bond with your recievers, you know how they run, how they jump, and exact timing. And you don’t have that with any other reciever. Smart choice Guy.