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Geno Smith Said To Be Down To Final Three Agent Candidates

QB Geno Smith, represented by Select Sports Group, is projected to be a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
QB Geno Smith is rumored to have narrowed down his agent selection process to a final three candidates. Photo Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Last week it was reported that former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith dropped his agents at Select Sports Group after being selected by the New York Jets.  It was not his disappointment with the team that drafted him; it was how far he fell in the Draft.  Anyhow, Smith has waited the five days necessary prior to signing new representation, and has yet to hire a replacement.  However, that decision could be coming soon, and there is already speculation that Smith has narrowed his options down to a final three.

Mike Florio of wrote that Smith is likely between Rick Smith of Priority Sports, David Dunn of Athletes First and Joel Segal of Lagardère Unlimited.

Rick Smith had two clients selected in the 2013 NFL Draft – Illinois guard Hugh Thornton, selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 86 overall pick (third round) and Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, picked by the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 137 pick (fifth round).  Smith’s company had a total of ten clients selected throughout the Draft, including one taken in the first round.

David Dunn is on the Standard Representation Agreement for five players chosen in the Draft.  Two of those players are quarterbacks – Mike Glennon of N.C. State (drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Landry Jones of Oklahoma (drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers).  Athletes First had a total of eighteen clients drafted.

Joel Segal represents the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft (Eric Fisher) along with ten other players who were drafted.  None of those ten players perform at the quarterback position.

For a full list of player/agent pairings from the 2013 NFL Draft, click here.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.