Jimmy Smith Scouting Report

Jimmy Smith

Height: 6’2
Weight: 205
College: Colorado
40 Time: 4.50
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 2nd Round

Stats

2010 – 68 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 4 PBU
2009 – 52 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 7 PBU, 2 INT’s
2008 – 38 tackles, 4 PBU
2007 – 6 tackles, 2 PBU, 1 INT

Overview:

Jimmy Smith is one of the most physical CB’s in this years draft. It’s odd because he is outstanding in press coverage and he routinely gets the better of WR’s by knocking them off their routes. The exact opposite occurs in run support. He reads the run well, but he gets swallowed up by WR blocks and has trouble disengaging. When he does get in the open field, he flashes his poor tackling technique and is constantly dragged by receivers and backs. He’s a guy that could struggle mightily in his first season.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– 2.5 year starter
– Great size
– Very physical CB
– Long arms
– Has a terrific jam
– Out muscles WR’s off their routes
– Good instincts
– Reads WR’s well
– Great closing speed
– Does a good job of getting around the WR to break up passes
– Good in zone coverage
– Keeps everything in front of him and plants and drives to the ball
– Good ball skills
– Rarely ever targeted

Negatives

– Footwork needs work
– Back pedal is too high
– Flat footed in zone and is late to react at times
– Needs to stay lower in his transition
– Doesn’t have great straight line speed
– If he’s beat he can’t recover
– Sometimes gets too physical and grabs receivers resulting in penalties
– Awful in run support
– Tentative against the run
– Struggles mightily to get off blocks
– Terrible tackling technique
– Tackles too high and gets run over a lot
– Needs some work on his technique and footwork

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Man Coverage: 3.5
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Tackling: 1.0
Ball Skills: 3.5
Pro Potential: 3.0

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