Geno Smith surprised people at the NFL Combine by running a 4.56 in his first 40-yard dash attempt. On his second, he ran a 4.60. The first time ranks him best among quarterbacks. E.J. Manuel of Florida State is in second place with a 4.62.
Smith prefers to regard himself as a “pocket-passer”. His philosophy is to only run as a last resort. With these scores, NFL coaches could get him to try to use his legs more in a league where more offenses are moving in a read-option direction. While he may not run, that type of speed will allow him to extend plays.
Pat White, by comparison, ran a 4.55 at the NFL Combine in 2009.
Smith’s times are unofficial, and we will post the official times later today.