December 7, 2016

People Are Talking: Ryan Smith, CB, Florida

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Year: Junior Height: 5’10 Weight: 174 40 Time: 4.51 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/1/07) – Rank: None

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/1/07)

The diminutive Smith comes out after a huge junior season, where he was named 2nd team All-American for the championship Gators after following coach Urban Meyer from Utah. He is seen by the profilers as a smart player with a knack for diagnosing plays and taking calculated risks. A natural playmaker with adequate speed and athleticism to play at the next level. The profiles say he’s aggressive and willing to mix it up, but he has neither the bulk nor strength to be very effective at it. Gets run over in close quarters. Some profilers feel that given his size limitations, he’s overrated based on his production (sounds sort of like “all he does is catch touchdowns”). They say he’ll be a package defender only, though in his college career, he managed to start 32 of the 35 games he suited up for (for two different universities, no less). Naturally, the Patriots were a big presence at Florida’s pro day, and Bill Belichick later worked out Smith privately. The mocks don’t think Smith will be a day one factor, though some profilers think he could slip into the third round. His headiness, production and the Gator Connection may bring him into play for New England on day two, when the Pats have eight picks.

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