Geno Smith will get a chance at revenge this weekend when the New York Jets take on the Buffalo Bills.
Prior to the NFL Draft back in April, Geno Smith was predicted to be the first quarterback taken. When the Buffalo Bills were on the clock in the first round, they selected quarterback E.J. Manuel from Florida State University. Smith then fell out of the first round and was finally drafted by the New York Jets with the 39th pick in the draft.
Smith and Manuel are very similar physically. Smith is 6-foot-3, 221 pounds and Manuel stands and inch taller weighing in close to 230 pounds. In their college careers, Smith was a three year starter while Manuel only started his junior and senior year. Last year, Smith threw for almost a thousand yards more then Manuel and threw 19 more touchdowns. Manuel threw for only 47 touchdowns in his career at Florida State while Smith threw 42 in his senior season alone. However, in April the Bills elected to take Manuel and pass on Smith.
In their first two career starts Smith and Manuel are both 1-1. Smith has 470 yards passing with one touchdown and four interceptions. Manuel, 446 yards passing to go with 3 touchdowns and one interception.
Sunday will be the first time these two quarterbacks meet head-to-head. After competing to be the first quarterback taken throughout the draft process, both were chosen by teams in the AFC East and will now have a chance to prove who the better quarterback is on the field. These two quarterbacks will be dueling for years to come, competing to prove who should have been the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Did the Bills make a mistake passing on Smith or can E.J. Manuel blossom into a star in Buffalo? Only time will tell.