Harrison Smith Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April – 9 – 2012
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Notre Dame

Ht. 6-2 Wt. 213

Pass Coverage:  Harrison Smith is an underrated athlete that has the skills to play centerfield, line up over tight ends, and could play the slot.  He played in man coverage at times at ND which gave NFL personnel a chance to check out his man skills.  Smith is tight-hipped and plays high but makes up for it with excellent instincts in the pass game.

Tackling:  Smith is one of many big hitters in this draft class from the secondary.  Unfortunately, he struggles at times to wrap and ensure the tackle is made.  He drops his head too often.

Run Support:  Smith’s time at OLB shows when he’s called to be in the box from his SS position.  He reads and reacts as well as any safety in the draft.  He has the ability to be a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine in the run game.  Instantly makes the team that drafts him better against the run as he’s an extra linebacker on the field.

Ball Skills:  Smith’s senior season didn’t replicate the same production as his 7 INT junior season but was equally impressive.  He’s a ballhawk with excellent instincts and will be a threat over the top in centerfield at SS.

Size/Athleticism:  Smith has impressive size at almost 6’2” and 213 pounds.  He’s a well built athlete that showed off his change of direction skills at the Combine with a 6.63 in the three-cone drill to lead all safeties.  He’s a mid-4.5 guy with solid strength.

Bottom Line:  Harrison Smith is the other safety in this class that has the ability to play early in the NFL.  He should join Mark Barron as a first-round safety after an impressive career at ND.  He’s clean on and off the field.  He has the instincts in the run and pass game to make an immediate impact for the team that drafts him.  He carries a similar grade to Mark Barron, for me, and probably goes much later in round one which could make him a better value than the top safety in the class.

Draft Projection:  Borderline round-one

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