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Grading System
WADE SMITH
Position: OG
Class: Sr
School: Memphis
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 294
40 Time: 5.14
Grade: 3.58

Selected by Miami Dolphins
Round 3, pick 14 (78 overall)
BIO: Two-year starter at tackle who played on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Formerly used at tight end and caught five passes for 25 yards as a sophomore.

POSITIVES: Athletic line prospect that effectively plays three offensive line positions. Blocks with solid fundamentals bending his knees and getting leverage on opponents. Displays excellent range with the ability to slide laterally protecting the edge. Quick getting out to the second level and annihilates linebackers. Stays square, fights throughout the action and jolts defenders with a punch of his hands. Fast pulling across the line of scrimmage and skillful blocking on the move.

NEGATIVES: Overextends and not patient. Must be quicker picking up defensive schemes and guesses wrong which results in getting beat to the inside by defenders.

ANALYSIS: Offers a lot of potential at the next level as either a guard or possibly a left tackle. Developmental prospect that could initially be used as a tight end in run blocking situations and eventually grow into a starter.

PROJECTION: Early Fourth Round

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