Colorado’s Jimmy Smith is Talented DB but Lacks Consistency

March 21, 2011 | Brian Billick

Jimmy Smith is another top tier corner that has first round potential, but may not be selected that high.  On the field, he has flashes of brilliance but lacks overall consistency is his technique.  Off the field, he has never been in trouble personally, but those close to him may be a detriment to his professional maturity.

Jimmy Smith measured in at the combine at 6’2 1/4 and 211 pounds.  He ran a 4.46, jumped a 36″ vertical, and completed 24 reps in the bench.  You see this size and strength when you evaluate him as a football player.  He is a physical “in your face” corner that looks most comfortable in press coverage.  He uses his long arm to get a solid jam at the line of scrimmage and stays physical with the WR for the entire 5 yards allowed.  He reads the body language of the WR well enough to jump routes and make plays on the ball, but he could improve on his pedal to break transition.  Smith also shows up frequently in run support as he is a reliable tackler that reads pass/run and attacks.  At times, Smith gets in trouble by playing too high.

Jimmy Smith matched up well against AJ Green, which was a testament to how he will fare against NFL caliber receivers.  Smith will be evaluated against Aaron Williams and Brandon Harris to be the 3rd corner taken in April’s draft.