The NFL Draft kicks off with its opening spherical on Thursday in Kansas Metropolis, so Rivals is looking again at its projected first-round picks after they have been highschool prospects. We transfer on to our projected No. 24 – South Carolina defensive again Cam Smith, who was a four-star prospect within the 2019 class. Smith is also the fifteenth Rivals Camp Collection alum amongst our prime two dozen projected picks.
The place they have been ranked: The Columbia (S.C.) Westwood standout was a four-star prospect who was No. 191 total within the 2019 class, No. 18 at cornerback and second within the South Carolina state rankings behind five-star defensive finish Zacch Pickens.
Largest query: Smith was all the time a bit of handsy in highschool particularly throughout one-on-ones at elite occasions and Professional Soccer Focus had him with 10 flags this previous season. Will NFL groups decide on him realizing he’s liable to penalties?
Recollections: I keep in mind seeing Smith at two actually essential occasions that have been invaluable from an analysis standpoint and people have been the loaded Rivals 5-Star Problem in Atlanta and the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
On the All-American Bowl throughout practices, five-star receiver Jadon Haselwood bought him a couple of instances particularly with double strikes and four-star Cornelius Johnson made a troublesome catch in opposition to him whereas Smith was draped throughout him. There was not a lot Smith may have carried out in another way particularly in opposition to Johnson as he was throughout him and but Johnson nonetheless made a pleasant catch.
Within the recreation, Smith made a bunch of good tackles together with within the open discipline and I keep in mind popping out of that occasion pondering Smith is as stable a cornerback as there’s in that class even when he isn’t the perfect one. Even when the receiver made the catch in opposition to him, the four-star was all the time proper across the ball and making it troublesome.
A number of months earlier in Atlanta, there have been some cold and warm moments for Smith throughout 1-on-1s however popping out of that occasion we felt there was extra good than dangerous in his efficiency on the 5-Star Problem.
Jameson Williams, now with the Detroit Lions, burned Smith on one rep however to be honest Williams was possibly the perfect receiver at that occasion. However the four-star confirmed his velocity and canopy means by being the one nook to stick with Trey Palmer on a number of reps.
Trying again, after these two occasions and amassing all the pieces else, No. 18 at cornerback was too low for him. It’s simple to say that now however a straightforward argument may have been made to place Smith nearer to No. 10 – or larger – at cornerback in that class.