As the NFL Draft approaches, Vikings Territory is taking a look at prospects that may interest the Minnesota Vikings. Since it’s evident the team would like to add a long-term offensive line starter at some point in the early rounds, let’s examine the players who could fit that mold.
- School: Auburn
- Position: G
- Projected round: 2-3
- Age: 22
- Height: 6-6
- Weight: 305 lbs.
- Arm: 32 1/4″
- Hand: 9 3/8″
- Bench press: 35 reps of 225 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 5.22 seconds
- Vertical jump: 33.5 inches
- Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
- 3-cone drill: DNP
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.77 seconds
Vikings Interest: 9/10
- Possesses an ideal frame for an NFL guard.
- Pro Football Focus’ 3rd-highest graded guard in 2017.
- Only allowed six pressures in 14 games last season.
- Started 41 consecutive games at Auburn, playing both right guard and right tackle at a high level.
- Well-rounded player in terms of excelling in pass protection, run blocking and blocking in the screen game.
- He performed well at the combine, putting up the top vertical jump and broad jump numbers among offensive linemen.
- Smith has a “nasty streak” in him. From veteran scout Brandon Thorn’s twitter feed:
Look for work pic.twitter.com/pFWnKSTygr
— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) April 23, 2018
- According to his NFL draft profile, adjusting to the pace of the NFL game is a minor concern.
- Slower than average reaction time when mirroring defenders.
- As the cliché goes, Smith is good in a phone booth but not in open field, limiting his versatility. As a result, he struggles when asked to pull.
- His performance on the field weakened as the season progressed.
- Minor arm length and footwork concerns.
Smith has been flying under the radar as an OL prospect. He projects as an average-to-solid starter in the NFL.