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  • 6.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 212LBS. Weight


After a spectacular junior season that saw him approach Barry Sanders' single-season Division-I rushing record of 2,628 yards (Smith finished 61 yards short), Smith enters the 2008 draft as one of the country's hottest running back prospects. While there are concerns about his level of competition and pure speed, scouts' greatest worry may be Smith's thin frame. There is no denying his natural ability as a runner, however, as Smith is patient with excellent vision and rare agility and acceleration for a back of his size.



Positives: Good initial quickness to and through the hole. ... Flashes the explosiveness to attack the line of scrimmage, but his main asset is his vision and ability to pick and slide laterally along the line of scrimmage until he finds the hole. ... Good patience to allow his blocks to develop. ... Rare acceleration for a back of his size. ... Questions about his 40-yard dash time will be key, but Smith consistently demonstrates the sneaky football speed to out-run his opponents to the flanks despite their seemingly having the proper angle. Negatives: Lanky frame that appears better suited to the wide receiver position than running back. ... Thin, long limbs. ... Runs a bit upright and takes unnecessary shots to his body. ... Legitimate questions about the Conference USA level of competition. ... Questionable 40 speed. ... Parlayed one monster season into leaving early for the NFL.
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.