2015 NFL DRAFT

Donovan Smith, OT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 338 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6492

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.273.041.8226 329'1"4.797.95
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.012.911.75- ----

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.

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' seven picks: Round 2/34 - Donovan Smith, T, 6-6, 325, Penn State...You can't draft Winston and invest $24 million in him without protecting that investment. Smith is a big, athletic blocker who should win the starting job at left tackle. Got a head start in pro-style offense playing two seasons for Bill O'Brien. - The Sports Xchange
 

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