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Grade
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  • 5.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 11 1/4" Hands

Overview

Smith's an athletic offensive tackle prospect who could become a solid backup with improvement to his technique and some added weight. Has made strides as a pass blocker in terms of getting set and not over committing toward the corner, and shows flashes of a guy who could become a very effective zone blocker in time. However, he's never going to be a true road-grader who gets movement and will likely also struggle against top caliber power pass rushers. Displays good instincts in pass protection but is still developing his recognition skills in the running game. Smith's a late-round prospect with some upside.

Analysis

Strengths

Smith has enough height and above-average athleticism. Can mirror defenders in pass protection after getting his hands on them. Displays good awareness protecting the quarterback. Can wall-off guys in the running game. Has the mobility to project as a zone blocker down the line. Hard-worker who has put on considerable weight in college.

Weaknesses

Lacks bulk and strength. Susceptible to the bull rush. Legs go dead on contact at times. While he possesses the athleticism for zone blocking, currently lacks footwork and awareness out in space. Has a tendency to lean and lunge at defenders. Needs to do a better job of finishing.
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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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