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Scout: Geno Smith 'spoiled, pampered brat'

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Quarterback Geno Smith's attitude and leadership skills continue to get questioned.

A week after Yahoo! Sports reported that Smith often used his cell phone to send out texts and check Twitter during pre-draft meetings with teams, one NFC scout piled on.

"He's going to have a tough time in New York," the scout told ESPN New York said Friday. "Right now, he's coming off as a spoiled, pampered brat."

His worsening reputation caused him to drop to the second round of last week's draft, where he was taken by the New York Jets. The fall may have cost him up to $3 million per year. Earlier, he was projected as a first rounder.

Another official from one team told ESPN New York that Smith's cell-phone controversy, which was confirmed by another league source, was talked about during its draft preparations.

The Jets reportedly had doubts about Smith after interviewing him at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but attributed his less-than-stellar performance to fatigue from doing several interviews in a row with other teams.

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