Photo of DeAngelo Smith
Grade
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  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.29 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 194LBS. Weight

Overview

Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly had one of the best cornerback duos in the country in Smith and Mike Mickens. Smith shared the national lead with eight interceptions in 2007, eventually forcing quarterback to re-consider throwing away from the more heralded Mickens. Followed it up with another solid season as a senior, racking up 68 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups. NFL defenses relying on zone schemes see him as a good fit.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Aggressive, adequately-sized corner with long arms and confidence. ... Stays low in his pedal and flips his hips open well. ... Good hands for the interception when closing forward on the ball. ... Attacks quick screens behind the line of scrimmage, will throw his body into the tackle. ... Has played some free safety when needed and also returned kicks. ... Works hard to improve his game. Negatives: Fits best in a zone system where he can see the play in front of him and close on the ball. ... Plays near the line at times but does not get his hands on receivers. ... Gambles to get to the ball. ... Only adequate straight-line speed. ... Has trouble adjusting to the ball in the air and making the interceptions when moving backward. ... Has a tough time getting off wide receiver's blocks due to his lack of size and upper-body strength. ... Gets turned around easily. ... Lacks the suddenness to handle quick slot receivers. ... Not a physical tackler. ... Whiffs on attempts to cut tackle because he ducks his head. ... Questionable ball security, decision-making and speed as a punt returner.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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