If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I had the chance to talk with Wes Bunting today - the Director of College Scouting for the National Football Post. We spoke for about twenty minutes and that interview will be posted in stages next week. But I wanted to share one thing right now from our discussion today.
At the end of the interview I asked him about Dolphins CB Sean Smith. I was curious as to what he thought about Smith, both right now and in the long run. The response from Wes was an interesting one. He said:
"I had him as my top rated corner last year, believe it or not. I thought he had great footwork for his size. I think when he gets to press receivers off the line, he's alright. He reminds me a bit of Bobby Taylor, the old Eagles' corner.
But when he's in off coverage, it really concerns me because he's not quick enough in off. He needs to get his hands on the receiver.
I'd say this is a big year for him. We got to see if he polishes up a little bit because there is a huge difference between rookie year and second year. There's going to be a big difference in his play. I think he'll get better. But long term, at some point, he's going to have to make a move to free safety. Once he starts losing any athleticism, that's when you have to start to worry a bit.
But I think he's going to be a good to solid corner in the NFL at this stage."
Interesting thoughts. I think we'd all be thrilled with a good to solid corner - especially out of a late second round pick.
And this is just a taste of the good info I got from Wes that I'll post next week - focusing solely on the NFL Draft, of course.