• My Scores
  • NHL
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NCAA BB
  • Golf
2015 NFL DRAFT

Donovan Smith, OT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 341 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
113123-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- ----
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- ----

Strengths Weaknesses

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. Smith slides smoothly to his left, maintaining the arc with good knee bend in pass protection. He flashes violent hands to control defenders and generally keeps his feet shuffling laterally to mirror. He's quick to the second level and understands blocking angles, using his massive frame to legally get in the way of pursuing defenders without grasping on and drawing the flag. Smith is cognizant against the blitz, peeling off of his initial assignment, if needed, to get a quick shove on surprise rushers. Big and athletic enough to move to any of the other exterior positions, giving his future OL coach a lot of flexibility if Smith isn't able to handle NFL speed off the edge.

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. Does a nice job of protecting the corner but will get caught leaning outside and leave too much space inside. Flashes explosiveness with his punch but too often is satisfied with catching defenders and will lean into them as he tires. In doing so, Smith bends at the waist, leaving himself vulnerable to swims and spins. Wears double knee braces.

--Dane Brugler, Rob Rang

Player Overview

With a degree in criminology in hand, Smith elected to leave Penn State with a year of eligiblity remaining, though with 31 career starts -- all at left tackle -- he's hardly inexperienced.

Smith looks the part of a big-time NFL tackle, sporting broad shoulders, long arms and his 320+ pounds are evenly distributed over his frame. He's surprisingly light on his feet, making him effective both in pass protection and run blocking. The problem with Smith is consistency -- he struggled with it in 2014 -- and thus comes with some risk.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Player News
12/31/2014 - Penn State loses OT Donovan Smith, DE Deion Barnes to 2015 NFL Draft...Penn State enters the 2014-15 offseason with momentum from its first bowl win since the Jerry Sandusky scandal and a winning season in year one with James Franklin on the sideline. But as the Nittany Lions slowly return to a full scholarship limit, the 2015 team took a hit with two starters announcing their decision to forgo their final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Offensive tackle Donovan Smith and defensive end Deion Barnes have both earned their degree but had one year left if they wanted to return for next fall. In official statements released by the school, both players thanked the fans for their support during their careers.

"It seems like it was yesterday that I was sitting at the kitchen table talking with the greatest college football coach in history, Joseph Vincent Paterno," Smith stated. "I promised him and my family that I would get my degree. After achieving one of my life goals of receiving a degree from The Pennsylvania State University, I feel it's time to continue the pursuit of my dream of becoming a NFL player. The past four years have been a physical and emotional roller coaster, but have ultimately made me a better man. Smith started 31 games at left tackle for the Nittany Lions over the last three seasons. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

 

Latest

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens New England Patriots Majestic White 2014 AFC Champions Trophy Collection Locker Room T-Shirt

New England Patriots 2014 AFC Champs
Get your Locker Room Gear
Shop Now

Fantasy Games