Braden Smith

Auburn
G

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
Olathe, KA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
315 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.68
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 2 ‧ Pick 5
40 Yard Dash
5.22
Seconds
 
Bench Press
35
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.77
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Given the size and strength Smith showed as a Kansas football all-star and state shot put/discus champion, as well as the top-rated guard recruit in the country, it was not a shock when he played in all 13 games of his true freshman year (starting against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl) and landed on the Freshman All-SEC squad. He was a second-team All-SEC pick by league media at right guard in 2015 and received second and third-team All-American notice at that position as a junior while also picking up second-team all-conference recognition from SEC coaches. In Smith's final season, he was honored as a first-team All-American and All-SEC selection after starting all 14 games for the Tigers. Smith's athletic build, natural bend, and power make for a lethal combination that could allow him to play outside or inside in the NFL.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Kevin Zeitler
Overview
Braden Smith has an NFL-ready frame and will impress evaluators with the eyeball test. When the eyeballs are focused on the tape, they will see a player who is more than capable of matching power with power, but can be too regimented in his movement and overall play. Smith is a grinder whose play could vary greatly based upon the matchup across from him. He has size and power, but the holes in his game are unlikely to be patched up with coaching. He can become an average to solid starter.
Strengths
  • Built like a bank safe with broad chest, hulking arms and thick legs
  • Weight room strong and field strong
  • Good body control into initial contact
  • Absorbs contact and starts grinding
  • Mauler with power at the point of attack
  • Able to fist fight in trenches and hold his own against power players
  • Has strong hands and can lock on for the long haul when he gets a strong initial grab
  • Good drive blocker
  • Guard with some emergency tackle value
  • Has upper body power to cave-in defensive tackles on recovery blocks
  • Has enough pure power to slow bull-rushers
  • Punch is adequate
Weaknesses
  • Plays at a slower pace than you would like
  • Eyes need to be quicker
  • Delayed in seeing and picking up twists
  • Lacks responsive feet to slide and catch blitzers and counter rush moves
  • Allows rushers to get into his frame
  • Power zone is narrow affecting balance
  • Doesn't have reactive athleticism to mirror opponents movements and keep blocks centered
  • Has a major hitch coming out of his stance when asked to pull
  • Needs to play faster with hands
  • Tardy second level climber
  • Plays robotic and top-heavy at times
Sources Tell Us

"He's really strong but he's not a consistent block finisher because defenders can pull him off-balance. I thought he was much better in the early and middle parts of the season than he was at the end when his team really needed him." -- AFC team area scout

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GRADE
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