- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 211
The 5th-year senior cornerback from Colorado University is one the best players you may not have heard much about. Yet, opposing quarterbacks surely know his name. Smith’s outstanding superior triangle numbers (height, weight, speed) immediately intrigue any evaluator.
Not only does he seek to blanket his opponents, but he wants to get his hands on them and blow up their route. When the play develops away from him (and it often does, since teams seldom test him), he takes great angles to the football and hustles to cover up his teammates’ mistakes. And when he is called to play in the box or near it, he is unafraid to get his hands dirty.
In coverage, Smith clearly shows a preference and aptitude for press man as opposed to off man or zone defense. He seems to be most comfortable when he can dictate the terms of the confrontation with his adversary by directing them with his hands, then turning to run with them.
There are three main obstacles holding him out of the elite category of prospects for this year’s draft. Although he has the desire and physical ability to eventually succeed in this area, he needs to be more consistent at getting off blocks. Second, Smith has some off the field issues, which could scare some teams away. The other issue holding Smith back from elite status is ball skills. He can make the routine interception, and can sometimes pull in the tough catch, but learning to high point the ball and track it in the air will be necessary at the next level.
Expected value: Mid First Round Pick
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