BIO: All-conference selection as a senior and junior finishing with 51/4/13 and 33/1/26 respectively.
POSITIVES: Top, small-school cornerback with outstanding cover skills. Technically sound in all areas; displays excellent footwork and smooth transitioning to run with opponents. Plays faster than his 40 speed and easily runs downfield with opponents or stays step for step with them across the field. Defends an inordinate amount of passes and rarely out of position when the ball is in the air. Displays good awareness and excellent instincts.
NEGATIVES: Not strong and rarely slows receivers with jams at the line. Supports the run though it is not a big priority for him. Gets mentally lazy which costs him on occasion.
ANALYSIS: Coming off the heels of a terrific Senior Bowl, Smith established himself to be an early draft choice. Combines the cover skills, instincts and athletic abilities necessary to be a starting player in the NFL.