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Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 34

Combine Results

5.63 ?
  • 5.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.79 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Smith was a surprise entry into this draft since he had another year of eligibility at Penn State. Some thought he'd take advantage of that. But he came out and dominated at the Senior Bowl. He has long arms. He was a left tackle at Penn State, but he's a prototype right tackle. He'll be a starting right tackle and this guy can play. The question is, does he love football?" -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 3/8" Arm Length
  • 338LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands


Started 31 games while at Penn State, all at left tackle. Redshirted in 2011. Decided to leave Penn State with a year of eligibility left after graduating with a degree in criminology. Was a late invite to the Senior Bowl. Missed two games in 2014 due to injury. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2013. First-team All-State at Owings Mills High School (Md.). Didn't allow a sack his junior or senior year of high school.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.98 and 5.03 seconds



Plays with good functional strength. Plus leg strength and can drive defender off the spot. Uses adequate footwork in run game to go with powerful base. Has desired pad level and bend in pass protection and his initial sets are above average. Plays with good pace on play-side zone plays, which bodes well if he kicks inside.


Athleticism lacking to play tackle. Struggles to change direction against pass rushers. Can recognize stunts but is very slow to react to them. Ability to recover when beaten is lacking. Poor hand usage in run and pass blocking. Plays with hands too low and a weak, ineffective punch in pass protection. Must improve as a block-finisher. Poor contact balance and overall strike effectiveness on second level.

Draft Projection

Round 3

NFL Comparison

Max Starks

Bottom Line

The frame of a guard and the skill set of a guard probably means Smith will end up moving to guard. His hands need work, but with power as his calling card and the ability to hide some of his athletic deficiencies by moving him inside, he has a good shot of getting drafted and fighting for a backup spot.
-Lance Zierlein
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.