NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
With the 2013 Supplemental Draft just one week away, it’s time to take a look at one of the most talented potential entrants, former Western Michigan/South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith. However, whether or not Smith overcome perceived character concerns in order to earn a Supplemental Draft selection remains to be seen. Read on to learn more about the enigmatic defensive back, who the Green Bay Packers originally attempted to sign as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.
CB Damond Smith, South Alabama (5114, 185, 4.40e)
Transferred to South Alabama from Western Michigan after the 2010 season; got into a fight with a teammate, which led to the loss of his starting role. Played in just four games for South Alabama in 2011 before being suspended for “a violation of team and departmental rules.” Was named a team captain with the Jaguars. Lines up at both left and right cornerback (typically on the right at Western Michigan); also has experience as a gunner on special teams.
Has ideal size for the outside in the NFL. Athletically, also stands out for his speed, agility, and acceleration; looks very fluid and explosive in man coverage, holding his own against the FBS competition at Western Michigan as a freshman and sophomore.
Above-average play recognition allows him to undercut routes for passes defensed or interceptions, which may translate well to zone coverage, although he was generally not asked to perform much zone coverage at Western Michigan. Aggressive in run support with a high motor; can also gain separation from wide receivers with his initial punch. Physical on the outside as well and may be best suited to press-man coverage in the pros.
Overall backpedal needs some work; can get off-balance, especially early. Also has a tendency to go for the hit over the tackle if the opportunity presents itself, which will have to be coached out of him at the next level.
haracter must be closely investigated after getting in trouble at both schools he attended, but sounds intelligent and humble in interviews. Drew interest from a number of teams at Jacksonville State’s pro day, which could lead to a team using a late-round pick in order to secure his services.