04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 7/212 - Michael Smith, RB, 5-9, 205, Utah State...With blazing speed from the running back position, Smith gives the Bucs exactly what they have lacked. He could become a third-down contributor and kick returner. COULD SURPRISE: Utah State running back Michael Smith: Gives them more speed on offense, which they sorely lack. And because he played behind a better running back in Robert Turbin, he didn't get the touches. But Smith had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to end his career. - The Sports Xchange
Positives: While shorter than ideal, possesses a thick, well-poportioned frame. Excellent timed speed and has some lateral agility to elude defenders. Possesses natural hands out of the backfield, demonstrating the body control to handle poorly thrown passes and quickly secure the ball before getting upfield. Experienced kick returner with the speed to have a chance at remaining in this role in the NFL. Used as part of a rotation at Utah State and therefore comes to the NFL with relatively fresh legs. Performed well when given the opportunity to be "the guy." Named the MVP of his final game at Utah State (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), as well as the Players All-Star Classic and demonstrated eye-popping speed during his Pro Day workout after not being invited to the Combine...
Negatives: Not quite the sum of his parts. Doesn't run as well on the field as his timed speed would suggest. Appears to have limited vision. Will run up the back of his linemen and can get too cute trying to elude defenders in the open field and fail to get yardage available to him... Missed much of the 2010 season with an injury to his right foot (big toe)... Used a change of pace option behind Robert Turbin and projects best in a similar role in the NFL.