BIO: Four-year starter that posted totals of 129/16/3 as a senior after 99/15/5 the prior season. Broke onto the scene in 2000 with 96/10/4.
POSITIVES: High-character prospect with good football intellect. Patient defender that reads the action and takes good angles to the play. Breaks down well, fluid changing direction and stays on his feet. Scrapes well laterally, slides off blocks and squares into tackles, Disciplined, rarely caught out of position and leads by example.
NEGATIVES: Overall game lacks explosion, lateral speed and suddenness. Only adequate skills in pass coverage.
ANALYSIS: Quietly one of the most efficient and productive defenders in the nation the previous four seasons, Smith has gotten the job done without many headlines. Body type dictates a move to weak-side linebacker though he may be best in a three-four defense where his run-stuffing ability can be used to its maximum.