Saivion Smith

Alabama
DB31

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
199 lbs
33 1/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
--
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.37
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.7
Seconds
 

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Smith was a five-star recruit and the top cornerback prospect in the country coming out of IMG Academy in Florida before the 2016 season. He signed with LSU, enrolling a semester early and playing as a reserve that fall (four tackles, two pass breakups in 10 games). The following spring, he decided to transfer away from Baton Rouge. Instead of sitting out, he played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, intercepting two passes (returning one for a score), breaking up six others, and scoring a touchdown as a kickoff returner. The Tide needed help in the secondary after losing all their starters after their 2017 national championship season. Smith stepped in to start 12 of 15 games played in 2018, posting 60 stops, a team-high three interceptions, and five pass breakups. He was benched early in the year for freshman Patrick Surtain II but regained his starting job due to another injury in the unit a couple of weeks later.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Daryl Worley
Overview
Big, press-man cornerback with the traits and tools of a potential starter, but lacking a sample size of consistency to inspire confidence. Smith's average speed could be mitigated by better instincts and ball skills, but they are both works in progress. He's athletic enough for man coverage, but his collection of strengths and weaknesses requires better technique and aggression from press to gain control of the rep. Smith's ceiling is NFL starter and his floor should be fourth cornerback.
Strengths
  • Possessing desired size, length and strength for outside
  • Experienced in an array of coverages
  • Has tools and traits to become more efficient in jamming release
  • Good stickiness riding press release
  • Burst to close and strike is good
  • Long arms and aggressive hands attack catch-point
  • Steps into run support duties with no hesitation
  • Usually solid at maintaining perimeter contain
  • Above-average tackle finisher
  • Unfinished product with expected jump in recognition/ball skills
Weaknesses
  • Scouts question consistency and reliability
  • Benched in-season after a poor stretch
  • Beaten for five touchdowns this year
  • Inconsistent footwork adjusting to receiver's release
  • Hip flip into acceleration more gradual than sudden
  • Struggles in recognizing route combinations
  • Needs quicker read-and-squeeze at top of the route
  • Top-speed falls below average for position
  • Up and down ball skills downfield
  • Slow to read and respond to receiver's eyes
Sources Tell Us

"Some guys can't improve by going back to school because they can't get big enough or fast enough. He still had room to get a lot better with coaching so I was surprised he came out." - AFC national scout
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