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Antone Smith (RB)
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 191
College: Florida St.
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Pahokee, FL
High School: Pahokee HS
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Overview

The measuring tape and stopwatch may not find anything exceptional about Smith. But tough, quick backs like him will find their way onto NFL rosters (think the New York Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw). Despite running behind below-average offensive lines at Florida State the past couple of seasons, Smith rushed for 1,611 yards on 368 carries (4.4-yard average). His 15 touchdowns in 2008 earned him honorable mention All-ACC status and displayed his nose for the tough yard, despite his small stature.


High School

Graduated from Pahokee High School in 2005...the top running back recruit in the country...a five-star prospect by Rivals.com...rated the No. 1 running back in the country and No. 25 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com as well as the No. 3 overall player in the state of Florida...rated the No. 12 player overall by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...rated the No. 1 overall running back by Superprep...rated the No. 2 overall player in Florida by Superprep... led his Pahokee team to the state title and ran for 276 yards and three TDs in the championship game...finished the season rushing for 2,814 yards and 44 TDs...rushed for over 6,000 yards in his prep career...chose Florida State over Miami and Auburn.


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Analysis

Positives: Has gained weight in his upper body and legs during his career. One-cut runner who picks a hole and hits it quickly. Can side-step to find space inside. Runs tougher than you'd expect for his size, willing to lower his pads or his shoulder to run through tacklers. Capable of getting tough yardage inside, keeps his legs churning through arm tackles. Runs with a low center of gravity, bouncing and spinning off tacklers to maintain his balance.


Negatives: Very short and not as wide as other pro backs with low centers of gravity. Shows some quickness and ability to bounce outside, but is not lightning in a bottle. Has adequate hands, but lacks strength to maintain possession after a hit. Must show an ability to handle a pro-style offense. Willing to stand up to blitzing linebackers, but lacks the size and strength to sustain. His cut blocks are not effective against athletic defenders.


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