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2015 NFL DRAFT

Donovan Smith, OT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
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STRENGTHS: NFL scouts can check quite a few boxes when watching the Penn State tackle. Smith has the size, foot quickness and the high competitive nature that translates well to the next level.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve in several areas before NFL ready, most notably with his arm and hand technique to better shield himself to combat rushers' initial pass rush moves. Smith has a bad habit of playing too high and needs to improve his knee bend, but the culprit there appears to be lack of consistent technique, not lack of flexibility.

Despite two encouraging years as a starter, we still have much to learn about Smith and his junior year will reveal more about his NFL potential.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Smith enters his junior season with 20 starts under his belt at left tackle and has steadily progressed since he earned the starting nod as a redshirt freshman. He protects Christian Hackenberg's blind side and is the veteran leader of an offensive line that projects four new starters in 2014.
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08/08/2014 - Penn State's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OT Donovan Smith, RS Junior...Smith enters his junior season with 20 starts under his belt at left tackle and has steadily progressed since he earned the starting nod as a redshirt freshman. He protects Christian Hackenberg's blindside and is the veteran leader of an offensive line that projects four new starters in 2014. NFL scouts can check quite a few boxes when watching the Penn State tackle.

Smith has the size, foot quickness and the high competitive nature that translates well to the next level. However he does need to improve in several areas before NFL ready, most notably with his arm and hand technique to better shield himself to combat rushers' initial pass rush moves. Smith has a bad habit of playing too high and needs to improve his knee bend, but the culprit there appears to be lack of consistent technique, not lack of flexibility. Despite two encouraging years as a starter, we still have much to learn about Smith and his junior year will reveal more about his NFL potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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