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NFL Draft Profile: Cam Smith

School: South Carolina

Position: CB

Year: Redshirt Junior

The Good: Cam Smith is one of the easier players to like in this class, particularly among the prospects who likely won’t go in Round 1. He’s a hyper energetic player who plays with good physicality for his lighter weight of 180lbs. Smith is fully capable in the slot, and he can definitely hang on the outside too. Smith has quick feet and is at his best in off man coverage – probably the most typical thing asked out of NFL CBs on most teams. He knows what he’s doing in press, and Smith leans on his 4.43 speed to avoid panicking on deep balls.

The Bad: For a prospect who tested as well as Cam Smith did, there remains some gaps in his athletic profile that are particularly concerning for a cornerback. He’s explosive but isn’t twitchy, so while Smith has the tools to make quick breaks on the ball, he doesn’t do it enough because his reaction is a tick slow. Smith also doesn’t turn and run all that smoothly – which helps explain his heavy usage in off man coverage. He’s vulnerable to double moves and fakeouts, and his ball skills are subpar (1 interception and 5 passes defended in 2022).

The Bottom Line: I understand why Cam Smith has fallen down big boards during this process and why some experts are really low on him. One, he wasn’t tested a lot on tape; teams gashed South Carolina’s defense on the ground. But more than that, he’s somewhat of a low ceiling/low floor prospect – which obviously sounds terrible – but I have a good degree of confidence that Smith will hit his ceiling as a solid CB2 in the NFL – especially if he lands on a defense that predominantly plays man coverage. A solid CB2 is valuable! 

Grade: Second Round

Pro Comp: Robert Alford

Games Watched:

  • Vanderbilt 2021
  • Clemson 2021
  • Arkansas 2022
  • Kentucky 2022
  • Clemson 2022

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