2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

by Cory J. Bonini on March 9, 2011 @ 03:59:22 PDT

 


Colorado senior cornerback Jimmy Smith enters the 2011 NFL Draft as one of the premier prospects at the position. He has the size and speed that make scouts dream big.

Smith totaled 52 tackles and two interceptions in 2009; he followed that up with 68 stops last year. 

Strengths

  • Excellent size (6-foot-2 1/4, 211 pounds)
  • Physical man-to-man corner
  • Good hands at the line of scrimmage to jam receivers
  • Reliable tackler
  • Jimmy Smith, draft prospect
    Should draw plenty of attention
    Anticipation skills
  • Adequate awareness in zone coverage
  • Matches up well with large NFL receivers
  • Reads the receiver's body language
  • Matured into a team leader
  • Dedicated to film study
  • Pretty good hip sink for his size

Weaknesses

  • Overly aggressive and often bites on play-action passing
  • Minor injury concerns (missed two games in 2008 and suffered a mild concussion in 2010)
  • Struggles to disengage from larger blockers
  • Average ball skills (three career interceptions)

Expected draft placement

Smith is likely a late first- or early second-round selection in April's draft. He has the size teams covet against today's massive wideouts, and Smith's coverage ability is on par with his peers that are expected to be chosen early in the draft. 

The Green Bay Packers (No. 32) could consider Smith in the first round. It is unlikely that he goes earlier than the cornerback-starved Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 31), though. Don't expect Smith to fall out of the first half of the second round.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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