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Grade
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  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 214LBS. Weight

Overview

Smith joined teammate Paul Kruger in riding the wave of the Utes' big win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl into the NFL draft. Smith's size and quick feet are very intriguing, especially given his production as a starter the past two seasons, when he totaled nine interceptions and 15 pass breakups. A first-team All-Mountain West pick in 2008, Smith presents a nice size/speed combination to match up against bigger receivers. He actually began his career at wide receiver, playing there as a redshirt freshman (although he had seven rushes and only one catch) until the last two games of the season.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good height and great length for a boundary corner. ... Very quick feet for his size. ... Runs well with taller receivers down the sideline, but also lines up in the slot. ... Former receiver has great ball skills and the vertical to go up and get the ball. ... Able to locate and high-point in coverage. ... Elusive runner with some vision to flip field position after the interception. ... Forces fumbles by using his length to get a hand on the ball. ... Has the size and closing speed to be an effective blitzer. ... Very quick to support the run or attack quick screens and passes in the flat. ... Reacts quickly on plays in front of him and finds the ball well in the air. Negatives: Might be seen as a corner/safety "tweener." ... Stiff in the upper body. ... Does not play with the physicality scouts would like given his size. ... Is slow to adjust when backpedaling if a receiver cuts his route short or goes to the skinny post. ... Catch-and-drag tackler whose height is a disadvantage when trying to bring down ballcarriers with a low center of gravity. ... Inconsistent using his hands at the line of scrimmage. ... Gets stuck on blocks. ... Takes poor angles to make tackles in space or when attacking a screen. ... Just a little more than two years of experience on defense. ... Cocky and talks trash.
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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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