Scouting report: Alphonso Smith

Alphonso Smith

5’9, 190 pounds | Wake Forest | Cornerback

Strengths: Smith is an excellent athlete with outstanding agility. Good high-point instincts to make a play on the ball. Good enough hands, Smith had 21 interceptions in his career. Always seems to know where a ball is being thrown to. Very good in zone coverage, particularly on short passes. Plays bigger than his size would suggest. Solid against the run. Excellent return man.

Weaknesses: Smith’s biggest weakness is his lack of desired height for a No. 1 cornerback. At times will take too many risks to make a play on the ball. Not the most sound of tacklers. Has some trouble taking down larger opponents due to his size. Struggles some against big receivers in man coverage.

Final word: If Smith were two or three inches taller, it’s likely he’d be consider a top-10 pick. He has optimum speed, agility and is willing to do the extras like play the run and return kicks. Even played some on offense during his college career. First team All American as a senior. Atlantic Coast Conference career leader in interceptions.

Round projection: 1
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