CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Geno Smith's two favorite receivers were reunited Friday night when the St. Louis Rams took Stedman Bailey in the third round of the NFL draft after plucking Tavon Austin in the first round.
Smith? Well, he's headed elsewhere - right into the heart of what is sure to be the league's most intriguing quarterback controversy.
The New York Jets picked Smith, West Virginia's all-time passing leader, with the seventh pick in the second round of the draft. That came a night after Smith sat through the first round and was rather surprisingly left undrafted.
For a time Friday, it seemed as Smith might not return to Radio City Music Hall after his first-round snub, but he did and early in the proceeding was finally rewarded.
"It was a test of patience,'' Smith said of his Thursday night experience.
Now, though, comes a test of a different sort. If Smith ever hoped to walk into a low-pressure situation as a rookie in the NFL, this certainly isn't it.
The Jets' starting quarterback is the much-maligned Mark Sanchez, who despite immense struggles in recent seasons was signed to a five-year, $58.25 million contract just over a year ago. Behind him is the lightning rod that is Tim Tebow, acquired before last season from the Denver Broncos.
The Jets also have former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy on the roster, and when Sanchez was benched last season coach Rex Ryan chose to start the third-string McElroy over Tebow. David Garrard and Matt Simms are also under contract with the Jets.
Into that mess walks Smith, who is certain to have a segment of the vast and vocal Jets fan base rooting for him, just as others will back Tebow or Sanchez or perhaps one of the others.
And all of that will play out in the glare of the New York media.
Smith - who in the immediate aftermath of his selection mentioned Jets and Super Bowl in the same sentence - isn't exactly jumping in and making any bold statements, at least not about himself.