2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Jimmy Smith
When you look at what Jimmy Smith did in high school, you have to wonder why he didn’t stick to wide receiver at the collegiate level. He was a stud receiver in high school, a lot like his namesake, former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith. Perhaps he didn’t want any confusion. The Colton High School graduate (as well as Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright, who are also in the 2011 NFL Draft) made a name for himself playing both ways.
Smith was versatile playing safety and corner, and was a three star safety recruited by Colorado. He has quite the football pedigree, with four of his brothers playing college football and even some NFL. Smith was a three year starter at cornerback for the Buffaloes, and he has himself being talked about as a potential first round riser in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Player Name: Jimmy Smith
Smith was blessed with an excellent combination of size and straight line speed. While he won’t light up the combine with huge numbers, his speed and agility is still exceptional and could push him into the first round. He’s a physical corner who excels in press coverage, and isn’t afraid to help out in the run game. Smith has above average ball skills, and does a nice job of locating the football and making a play to shut down a pass. His size is fantastic as he’s tall and well filled in, in terms of his overall frame. Smith also excels in reading the quarterback, and doesn’t bite on the pump fake, or play action easily. He is a potential first round talent, that will most likely fall just a bit due to a top heavy draft.
Smith’s biggest weakness is changing direction. He doesn’t always have a low backpedal, and he struggles to turn his hips and stay with the defender. He’ll need to work on his overall technique and won’t be a starter early in the NFL. Despite being a physical player, he doesn’t shed blocks very well in the run game. He allows himself to get turned easily with his back towards the ball carrier, taking himself out of the play. He’s not a natural play maker, and won’t record many interceptions at the next level.
It’s very possible that Smith gets into the first round, but it’s most likely that the early to mid second round will be where he is selected. Arizona, Tennessee, Dallas, Houston, and Minnesota will be intrigued by him between picks 38 and 43. Chicago and Pittsburgh are the most likely candidates to select him at the end of the first round if he rises his stock enough at the NFL Combine.
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