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Ito Smith Scouting Report

April 23, 2018

"His size suggests a 3rd down change of pace back but he's a tough, effective inside runner and doesn't back down to heavy contact."

 

 Tim Isbell Sun Herald

Strengths:

 

Experienced and runs with vision and patience. Explosive lateral quickness. Sets up blocks and gets the most out of every run. Effective inside runner for small RB. Utilizes leverage when needed and doesn't stop his feet. Strong receiver. Battles with some pop as a blocker.

 

Ran 40's between 4.45 to 4.54 at his pro day, with 22 reps on the bench, a 37.5 vert and a 6.89 3 cone. And he reportedly looked good in pass catching drills.

 

Weaknesses:

 

Small and may not possess breakaway speed. A battler as a blocker but overwhelmed by better size. Small school production. Coughs up fumbles too often.

Overall:

 

Smith piled up monster production at Southern Miss and his experience shows. He's patient and let's his blocks develop. He's comfortable catching and blocking in the pass game.

 

He changes gears impressively and is a hard target to zero in on. His size suggests a 3rd down change of pace back but he's a tough, effective inside runner and doesn't back down to heavy contact.

 

I think he's one of the more overlooked RBs in this deep class and is a good bet to outperform his draft level.

 

NFL Comp: durable Dion Lewis

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