Originally Posted by Marktui
There are probably more athletic and faster safeties in the country, but if he is there in the 3rd or 4th round he could be worth a look.
He is 6'2'' 215lbs, a fifth year senior. The lone Captain last year for the Irish. Started as a linebacker his sophomore year and converted to safety his junior and senior seasons.
This is from Wes Bunting: [View Full Quote]Those same instincts show up well in the pass game, as he's a bit of a ball hawk who has the ability to routinely get early jumps on the football. Exhibits impressive instincts, which routinely allows him to get early jumps on the football and put himself around the play. Looks a bit tight in his drop, causing him to get upright and he will get elongated/overextended with his footwork when looking to click and close, losing a bit out of his breaks. However, he's consistently moving toward the action before any defender and, once he collects himself, has a better closing burst than given credit for. Lacks great straight-line speed, but looks like a 4.55 guy who plays faster because of instincts.
Another draft site also mentioned his instinct and feel for the game. This is the type of guy that can play special teams right away and will not bust assignments. There are probably highly rated DB's in the class, but what I like is that the kid has a high football IQ.
Love, love this player. IMO Smith has better football instincts and playmaking ability than the more heralded Te'o (and I am a Te'o fan from way back). Smith has great anticipation and first step towards the ball.
This time of the year, Joe fan becomes obsessively enamored with 40 times and lifts, heights and weights. Give me the football player.