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Combine Results

Grade
5.13 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.75 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 29 1/2" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Like many all-state players coming out of Ohio, there's often a choice to make: stay to play with the Buckeyes or go to one of those "teams up north." Smith decided to travel for his collegiate career, and has been a four-year contributor for the Wolverines. He played in four games as a true freshman (26-117) and then had a larger role in 2014, starting twice (108-519, six touchdowns). Smith was a regular starter in 2015, leading the team with 753 rushing yards and six touchdowns, as well as 19 catches for 159 yards and one score. He set his career high in rushing yards in 2016 with 846 and rushing touchdowns with 10, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten notice.

Analysis

Strengths

Big back with ample vision. Plays with a feel for interior rushing lanes and is able to make multiple moves along the way. Comfortable and efficient on inside zone plays. Runs decisively. North-south runner who rarely dances. Has a late spin move and directional change to avoid square contact and fall forward. Drives legs through contact to finish. Can keep adding to rush total against arm tackles.

Weaknesses

Lacks pro acceleration needed to escape NFL linebackers to the edge. Play speed is below average. Sluggish to and through the line of scrimmage. Allows tacklers time to disengage and react to the run. Poses very little threat to take runs to the house. Hard-hat runner who lacks the wiggle or speed to create for himself. Needs it blocked up on first level to have an impact. Below average eluding tacklers in the hole.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Bottom Line

Teams looking for a runner with decent vision who finishes runs may have an interest in Smith, but his lack of juice or third down talent could keep his name from being called during the draft. Smith can grind out yardage between the tackles, but lacks any special qualities to help him stand out. Back end of the roster appears to be his ceiling.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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