Exhale, West Virginia fans.
Geno Smith is a New York Jet.
The former West Virginia quarterback was drafted by the Jets Friday night with the No. 39 overall pick in the NFL draft, ending a long two days for the prolific passer.
Smith, who was bypassed in the first round on Thursday night despite expectations he could go in the top-15, returned to Radio City Music Hall and was chosen just after 7 p.m.
“It was tough, but I’m here today because of what I withstood,” said Smith. “I’m just proud to be a Jet. It’s a dream come true to finally live out my dream.”
“I’m ready to compete. I’m ready to go in there and try and win the starting job,” said Smith on the stage.
He finished his career at West Virginia as the program's most prolific passer with 11,662 passing yards, and is the all-time leader in completions (998) and passing touchdowns (98) at West Virginia.
Smith was once the runaway favorite for the Heisman before the team went 2-6 to end the season.
He threw 42 touchdowns, 4,205 passing yards, and threw just six interceptions as a senior with the Mountaineers.
Photo credit: Associated Press
Here is video of Smith's press conference at Radio City Music Hall, courtesy Greg Madia.