Photo of Rodney Smith
Grade
65.8 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 225LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

There’s no doubting Smith cuts an imposing figure, with his 6-foot-6, 219-pound frame dwarfing most college cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage or downfield. But scouts have seen players like this before at Florida State, most notably Greg Carr, who has made an impact in the Canadian Football League after failing to stick on an NFL roster after going undrafted in 2009. Smith has superior quickness, strength, and hands to Carr, however.



Smith was a four-star recruit out of Miami’s Archbishop Carroll High School, catching 10 touchdown throws in a run-based offense and intercepting four passes as a senior. He eventually worked his way into the rotation at receiver late in his freshman year after spending time on special teams units, making his only catch (for seven yards) against Wake Forest. His role in the offense increased throughout his sophomore year, as well, as he earned eight starts and caught 31 passes for 448 yards and three scores, mostly in the second half of the season. As a starter for 12 of 13 games played in 2011, Smith led the team with 561 receiving yards while bringing in 36 passes and four touchdowns. In 14 games as a senior, Smith caught 38 passes for 524 yards and three touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall vertical threat who is a surprisingly smooth runner in his routes. Displays excellent agility for his size. Can challenges defenses vertically from the slot or down the sideline. Good concentration to use his height and vertical on jump balls, also to track passes over his shoulder down the sideline. Uses his length, quickness, and attitude to attack blocking targets in the run game and clear the way for fellow receivers downfield.

Weaknesses

Relatively lean, and must prove he can fight veteran pro corners during the route and in jump ball situations. Height gives corners a big target to hit in press situations. Must show he can sink his hips to run tight routes and separate downfield. Does not get many opportunities to catch passes in Florida State’s offense, will need to show strong hands when regularly targeted. Adjusting to low throws might be an issue at his height.

NFL Comparison

Michael Jenkins

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for height in your receiver, 6-foot-6 Smith has plenty. But he’s also a smooth athlete for his height, who tracks the football well deep. He's also a good blocker in the running game. However, he doesn't always play up to his size and can lose the physicality battle at the catch point.
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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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