Tremon Smith

Central Arkansas

Prospect Info

Central Arkansas
Anniston, AL
6' 0"
190 lbs
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Prospect Grade

NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Round 6 ‧ Pick 22


Smith was the Alabama 3A High School Player of the Year at quarterback, but also shined as a defensive back. UCA coaches lined him up on defense as a true freshman in all 12 games, and he led the team with three interceptions while breaking up four passes. Smith started all 11 games in 2015, garnering first-team All-Southland Conference honors after recording 51 tackles, three for loss, tied for the team lead with five interceptions and broke up 12 passes. He was a first-team all-conference pick in 2016 (13 starts, 35 tackles, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 25 punt returns for 224 yards) and 2017 (41 tackles, 2.5 for loss, five interceptions (one touchdown), 11 pass breakups, 14 punt returns for 71 yards). The Associated Press recognized his talents after last season, as well, naming him a third-team FCS All-American.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Ron Brooks
Extremely confident and extremely greedy as an on-ball defender, Smith was asked to play the role of island defender and did so at a high level. While he faced a lower level of competition, he possesses the size, speed, athletic ability and instincts that should be able to translate to the league. Smith has the potential to fight for either an outside or slot role, but he'll need to play with better discipline in order to avoid penalties and big plays.
  • Former all-state, quarterback with a feel for the quarterback's intentions
  • Highly competitive and confident
  • Uses well-timed jabs from press to disrupt receiver's release
  • Quick backpedal to match early stages of route
  • Exceptional long speed carrying a 4.3 40-yard dash time to his name
  • Matches deep route and gets head around early to find ball flight
  • Baseball background shows up with ball tracking and high-pointing
  • Believes every football is his
  • Quick to crowd the catch with good burst to close on throws
  • Outstanding ball production with 53 career passes defensed and 15 interceptions
  • Utilizes half-man coverage approach for greater access into passing lane to disrupt throws
  • Offers punt return potential that could raise his stock a round
  • Not a heavy hitter, but a willing tackler with adequate toughness in run support.
  • Defaults to high side of the right allowing for easier separation on comebacks
  • Has tendency to lunge to maintain feel for the route
  • Forward momentum slows transitions when planting and driving forward on the throw
  • Chance-taker who loses discipline in coverage at times
  • Double moves and multi-break routes cause him trouble
  • Wraps arm around receiver's waist when attacking the passing lane
  • Mauls top of routes and could face early penalty trouble
  • Tendency to undercut deep routes and play dangerous game of jump ball.
Sources Tell Us

"He's going on Day 3. I was hoping he wouldn't kill it at his pro day so we could sneak him in as a seventh. No chance he lasts that long now with how he ran and all that production." -- AFC regional scout


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