NFL scouts have moved Alabama's Andre Smith down their lists because of off-field issues. But at the end of the day, is he still the best tackle available in the draft? Our experts reveal whom they would pick as the best player at each position.[details]
The Good: Possesses the most intriguing blend of size and explosion of any cornerback prospect. Gets up to speed instantly and has the ability to turn and run with NFL receivers down the field. Is very fluid and flexible in and out of his breaks, has a compact back-pedal and turns cleanly. Shows power and toughness as a tackler and isn't afraid to lay the wood in the second level. The sky's the limit. The Bad: Has never been a real technician at his craft. Is still is very raw reading routes and being patient in his pack-pedal. Doesn't press receivers as well as his frame would indicate. Loves to jump routes underneath and gamble on big plays. A boom-or-bust prospect.
Positives: Looks every bit the part of a big-time NFL cornerback with a body sculpted by Adonis. Natural athlete. Has a frame to withstand added bulk without subtracting from his speed. Physically imposing with an excellent size-speed ratio. Outstanding in man coverage and has ample recovery speed. Physical. Good strength to jam receivers. Willing tackler who supports the run. Bench-pressed 25 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine. Has NFL bloodlines. Negatives: Carries a prima donna attitude and has a severely inflated ego. Talks down to coaches. Exaggerates injuries and does not like to practice. Slow to make adjustments. Inconsistent. Gets beat more than he should and quits on plays. Selective hitter. Too often freelances. Average understanding of zone concepts. Does not take pride in his craft. Relies too much on his natural talent. Summary: Supremely talented, enigmatic man-cover corner whose character will turn off many teams. Is the most physically gifted cornerback in the draft but falls alarmingly short in areas of discipline, desire and coachability. To his own detriment, Davis knows how good he is and proved a constant headache to coaches during his three years in college. The team that calls his name in the first round will have ignored an unsettling number of red flags. Will require a very tolerant coach willing to cater to him in an undisciplined team culture and could fit great in Dallas or Oakland. Will be exploited by good NFL offensive coordinators recognizing his zone deficiencies and more likely to bounce from team to team in the mold of DeAngelo Hall than to ever find greatness. Grade: First-round talent.