Pittsburgh Draft Preview: Jimmy Smith | DB | Colorado

Name: Jimmy Smith

School: Colorado

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 205 Lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.49

Projected Round: 1st

Perhaps the thing that hurt Jimmy Smith the most was the fact that playing for a losing team in Colorado didn’t afford him the opportunity to show his talents on a big stage, while other first round defensive back prospects have had that luxury.

This is in no way Smith’s fault, as he played lights out, allowing only 11 combined completions during his junior and senior campaigns. He’s proven his worth in both man and zone coverage, covering the team’s biggest receivers almost exclusively, be it on the outside or lined up in the slot.

As a very physical corner, and an effective tackler, he’d fit in well in Pittsburgh’s stop the run first scheme, and he’s not afraid to jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage, as so many Steelers corners have loved to do. With the current defensive scheme favoring the off-set corners, though, he more than likely won’t get the chance to show off those skills too often. He tackles well, and wraps up the ball carrier for the most part, but needs to work on bringing down ball carriers in the open field.

His hands aren’t the best part of his game, much like Ike Taylor, but he is improving in that area. With teams shying away from him throughout his career, he hasn’t had much of a chance to work on intercepting the pass in a game situation.

His height is absolutely ideal when it comes to knocking passes down, being 6’2” he all but takes away the over the top pass, and makes attempting to throw over him and under the safety a very dangerous decision for a quarterback to make. His arms are long, and he uses them well to extend and knock down passes in front of the receiver.

Unfortunately, even though his fastest clocked 40 yard dash time is 4.4, he doesn’t play that fast in pads, and he’s definitely not going to deliver a big hit. Not that that’s generally a skill looked for in a shut down corner, but I digress.

He’s also going to take some chances, that experienced NFL quarterbacks are going to eat him alive for. But, that’s definitely a coachable flaw, and the main player comparison floating around this wonderful internet we’re on is none other than Nnamdi Asomugha, if only for the fact that like Asomugha, teams just refuse to throw the ball in his direction because it’s a fruitless endeavor.

Smith is going to turn heads in the months leading to the NFL Draft, because of his height, weight, speed, and potential to be a shut down corner at the NFL level.

If you liked this draft profile, be sure and check out the other ones here on Steelhurtin.com:

Brandon Harris | CB | Miami

Cameron Heyward | DE | Ohio State

And look for future prospect profiles, breaking down potential Pittsburgh Steelers’ picks.





~ by Steel Hurtin on February 20, 2011.

One Response to “Pittsburgh Draft Preview: Jimmy Smith | DB | Colorado”

  1. This is an excellent summary. I think you should do one on Marcus Canon: 6’6″; 350 lbs. A road grader who gave up one-half of one sack in his college career. Was right tackle when Newhouse was at TCU (now in Green Bay). Switched to LT this year. Currently rated “low round one; early round 2”. Camini gets the pub, but this guy is as good. I know the Steelers O-line was a little better than anticipated, but this guy upgrades over Flozell Adams big time. The way the Jets trade around, who knows, but if they hang tight, he is also a good pick for them at No. 29…Woody replacement.

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