Nov 23, 2013; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith (16) throws against Hawaii Warriors defensive lineman Beau Yap (92) during the first quarter at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Warriors 59-56 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Who is Wyoming QB Brett Smith?


Who in the world is Wyoming QB Brett Smith, and why should you know who he is? Well, he might just be one of the most intriguing quarterback prospects in a draft that is chock-full of players at that position that everyone will be on the edge of their seat to find out their pro destinations.

Smith is an underclassman who leaves Wyoming as the school’s all-time leader in total yardage (10,365 yards), touchdowns (97) and touchdown passes (76). He also holds the Mountain West and Wyoming record for total yards in a game (640).

This is a playmaker, and at 6’3″ 206 pounds, the 21-year old is firmly planted on NFL radars.

After a very good junior season, Smith decided the coaching changes happening at Wyoming provided him a perfect opportunity to make the transition to go pro, and even if he had stayed another year, it’s not likely his draft stock would have improved too dramatically.

With the NFL’s current market for quarterbacks, this is a player who has a chance to get into a very good gig ASAP, and that opportunity is too good to pass up right now.

Scouts across the league are pretty broad on the stock of this somewhat unknown QB prospect, but the general consensus is anywhere from the 2nd-4th round so obviously people believe he has starter potential.

Smith is an athletic prospect who is known for his ability to read defenses before the snap and going through progressions of a given play. Wyoming used a very spread out offense and had a bad offensive line, so Smith was often forced to make quick decisions.

Sometimes, he was a little overconfident in his ability to make quick decisions, but more often than not, it paid off for him. NFL teams will be attracted to his willingness to take risks, but at just 206 pounds, he is going to need to add some bulk to satisfy the unwritten requirements for QBs that are 6’3″ to be around 215-225 pounds.

The pre-draft process is going to be huge for this kid, and his competitiveness will give him an edge when interviewing with teams and in the public eye. It will be extremely interesting to see where this guy winds up, and how this offseason plays out for him.

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