Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Geno Smith ?
Smith was asked Saturday for his opinion about a recent ESPN survey that ranked him as the worst QB in the NFL, No. 32. He isn't worried about it and expects a much more desired ranking after this season.
"The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith said. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top five."
Let's be overly optimistic about this.
A lot of rookie quarterbacks struggle. As mentioned in the source article, Manning threw 28 interceptions as a rook. Smith threw "only" 21. Improvement comes with experience. It also comes with a strong work ethic, something teammates have noticed from Smith this offseason.
He has the faith of Rex Ryan and other coaches who know full well that their jobs are riding on Smith's right arm. And maybe Smith transforms that list into a reason to prove everybody wrong. Maybe he uses it as a source of motivation as the great ones do.
On the field, the acquisitions of Eric Decker and Chris Johnson give Smith a couple of targets who are far better than anyone he could throw to last year.
OK, so I'm still not drafting Smith in any league this year, but that doesn't mean he won't ever be significantly better than his 2013 form. Top five? Get outta here.