2006 (Freshman): Started all 13 games at left tackle and led the team with 62 knockdowns during the regular season. Scored his first collegiate touchdown on a two-yard run against Oklahoma State in the Independence Bowl. He recorded the most knockdowns on the team in three games with a season-high nine against Duke. Smith led all Alabama players with 871 snaps.
The Good: A powerful, stocky tackle prospect who has the base strength to consistently open up run lanes and move linemen off the ball. Plays with natural leverage and does a good job getting under defenders and driving them down the field. Displays excellent foot speed and coordination in pass protection. Re-directs very cleanly and exhibits ideal balance for a man his size.
The Bad: Needs to keep his weight under control; has had problems with it, making it a concern at the next level. Isn't the most athletic tackle and will struggle reaching the corner against speed rushers. May be best suited to the right side. Maturity is a concern, showed up at the NFL Combine overweight and left without warning; there are big red flags in that area.
Positives: Excellent arm length. Very active, flexible and coordinated for a man his size. Has excellent overall mass with very good hip quickness and agility. Seldom on the ground. Can bend his knees, sink his hips and play with leverage. Naturally strong with a thick trunk and good anchor strength. Very good balance and body control. Solid drive blocker. Plays with awareness and keeps his head on a swivel. Negatives: Too soft-bodied and soft-minded. Does not play hard every down and effort is too inconsistent. Makes little effort after the initial block and too often gives up after taking one shot. Does not like to work and relies too much on his natural ability. Loves to eat, and his weight has fluctuated throughout his career. Lacks discipline and does not play smart. Not a foot technician. Often is late off the ball and tends to get lackadaisical and sloppy with technique. Not a polished pass protector and struggles cutting off the rush. Inefficient cut blocker. Tires too easily and wears down late in games. Has not proven he can handle the trappings of success. Very immature. Questionable character. Turned off teams in interviews at the Combine with his lack of energy and soft temperament. Summary: A cross between Bills 2002 fourth overall pick Mike Williams and Eagles 2004 16th overall pick Shawn Andrews, Smith has too much natural talent to slip too far in the draft. However, his weight problems and marginal work habits likely only will get worse with a giant payday and he possesses big-time bust potential. Could wind up being a better right tackle or guard than he is a left tackle and will need to be challenged by a demanding position coach to develop. A high-risk, high-reward selection. Grade: First-round talent.