- Associated Press - Saturday, April 27, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Geno Smith has put that agonizingly long wait in the green room at the NFL draft far behind him.

He’s got better things to think about now. And, the New York Jets‘ second-round pick sure has his sights set pretty high.

“My goal is to be a franchise quarterback,” the former West Virginia quarterback declared Saturday. “But as of now, there’s lots of work to be done.”

The Jets certainly would like to see that happen soon, especially since it appears the last player they drafted expecting to assume that label _ Mark Sanchez _ has struggled mightily the last two seasons and could be on his way out.

New York drafted its quarterback of the future Friday night, stunning many who thought the Jets might go with Sanchez and David Garrard in training camp and play out the season. With Smith suddenly in the mix, the future could be now.

“My job is to compete,” Smith said at his introductory news conference at the team’s practice facility.

Smith might be in line already to start, even though the Jets have six quarterbacks on the roster with Smith, Sanchez, Garrard, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. But soon, Tebow and/or Sanchez could be gone.

“We talked about that just a little bit as far as reps,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “I know you can do it with three, now there’s got to come a time where you need to make a choice, the timing is important as well. So everything we do is important. It’s got to be very well thought out and very well planned.”

Mornhinweg said he has spoken to Sanchez about the team’s decision to draft Smith _ and, in effect, putting his job and spot on the Jets‘ roster in jeopardy.

“He understands this is a competition now, so let’s rock and roll,” Mornhinweg said. “Here, we have four, even more, maybe six, and I hope they’re all thinking, `Hey, I have an opportunity to go win a job.’”

Smith, who hadn’t heard from any of the team’s other quarterbacks yet, impressed Mornhinweg at dinner the night before his pro day a few weeks ago _ and then again on the field throwing the ball around. He raved to coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik about his time with Smith, and it appeared there would be a chance the Jets would go after him in the first round.

Instead, New York went with cornerback Dee Milliner at No. 9 and then defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson at No. 13.

“I got word that it was between Sheldon and myself,” Smith said. “But they chose Sheldon, and he’s actually a good friend of mine, so I was happy for him.”

After slipping past the Jets, Smith continued to fall through the opening round and wasn’t happy about it. TV cameras caught him scowling, appearing frustrated and embarrassed as one name after another was called _ and not his.

“It was kind of tough to stomach,” he acknowledged.

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