Indianapolis Colts Draft Profile: D’Joun Smith

 

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My second installment of the Colts draft picks will be focused on defensive back D’Joun Smith out of Florida Atlantic. Smith was the Colts first of two third-round selections. The Colts traded out of the second round, moving down four spots to number 65 overall by swapping fourth round picks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As with Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis wanted Smith all along and put faith into being able to draft him at the top of third, instead of reaching for him at the end of the second round.

According to NFLDraftScout, Smith wasn’t highly rated out of high school in the Miami area, but saw the field immediately as a true freshman and became a starter as a sophomore. He blossomed as a junior, finishing among the NCAA leaders in both passes defended (20) and interceptions (7), putting himself on the NFL’s radar. Smith wasn’t as productive as a senior but was more effective with his positive play in 2014.

Smith (5-foot-10 1/8, 192 pounds). He had an adequate combine in Indianapolis, but ran a slow 40-yard dash (4.42), and jumped 10 feet 1 inch in the broad jump. Where he shined was in his Pro-Day. Smith was put through his workout by Indianapolis Colts secondary coach Mike Gillhamer, and was impressive enough that he most likely increased his draft stock by a full round.

D’Joun Smith has great footwork and can get to top speed quickly. He has very good hands and ball skills with a feel for the game. With excellent hand-eye coordination, Smith is a competitor and a willing tackler, who is able to jump routes. He is perfect for the Cover-2 scheme. He has very good control of his lower body movements, and his speed with his footwork allow him to be a sticky wicket when it comes to coverage, and has good movement to turn and find the ball. He is always aggressive and has great timing.

The negatives for Smith is that he hasn’t competed against bigger schools, and may lack the speed at the top of his route, and in this he will give up the separation. He is learning how to be better on the line of scrimmage, and may be more beneficial as an off-man corner. He will need to get a better technique and more consistency in his tackling as well. Smith lacks the ideal strength and length, and can be outmuscled at the line of scrimmage.

The Colts selected him for his aggressive style and the fact that he is a willing tackler. Look for Smith to fill the fourth cornerback spot for the Colts in 2015, also providing insurance in case someone were to go down with an injury.

Here is what some of the analysts stated about D’Joun Smith.

Rob Rang wrote from the Senior Bowl practice field. An AFC scout told CBS earlier this year that he was impressed by Smith’s ability to recover after making mistakes. “He gets physical downfield and locates well with the ball skills to make plays.”

After the Senior Bowl, Dane Brugler from CBS Sports mentioned “Smith didn’t lack in the physicality department, twice knocking down South receivers with solid hits and demonstrating light feet, a smooth turning motion, and quick acceleration to lock down his side of the field.”

Jon Gruden mentioned “When it is time to crack and replace, Smith replaces,” Gruden said. “He will knock your running back down. He had seven interceptions two years ago. He does not have the ideal size, but neither does Waynes, and he’s being mentioned as a possible top-10 pick. Smith looks like he enjoys tackling; I like that in my corners. I just know he is going to be one of the complete corners in this year’s draft.”

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Smith could start in a Cover 2 scheme and compares him to Ross Cockrell.