Smith earned freshman AA honors at safety in 2005, finishing with 47 tackles and two interceptions on the year. A year later he split time at corner and safety, earning All Big 12 honors after finishing with 41 tackles and three picks. As a junior this year, Smith had his best season, finishing with a career high 78 tackles and three interceptions.
Smith is a player that has the skill to play safety or corner in the NFL. He has solid size as a corner, and is physical. He is willing to jam a receiver at the line, and is not afraid to make a tackle. He is an excellent athlete that is a threat in coverage at either position. Smith legitimately has pro bowl potential at both safety and corner, and that versatility is very intriguing.
Smith will need work at whatever position he settles in at. He needs more experience at both spots. If he remains at safety, he may need to pack on a few more pounds to throw his body around more in run support.
Workouts will be big for Smith. He’s shown the ability on the field to play both corner and safety, but a good 40 time could cause him to really rise up the corner boards. He probably fits best as an all around free safety, but has intriguing upside as a corner.