that what i dont understand how can smith be a borderline first rounder? why does nobody like him in the nfl?
School: Ohio State
40-Yard Dash: 4.60 (EST)
Smith is a kid who's turning a lot of heads these past two years. He's gone from â€œwho's that?â€ starter in mid 2004, to a breakout player in 2005, to the Heismann favorite leading the nation's No. 1 team (as of this writing). Troy has been gifted with a big arm, arguably the strongest in the draft, as well as very quick feet and great overall athleticism.
His field vision and ability to read coverages is also far superior to what you'd normally expect from an athletic-mold QB, especially in the college ranks. He also possesses a very quick feel for pressure, and can ably use his legs to get away from it and create plays.
As athletically gifted as Smith is, he is rather small for a QB, with some reports of his height being as low as 5' 11â€, although his generally accepted height is the still rather short 6' 1â€. His lean frame won't lend him well to the sheer pounding of the NFL. Another concern is his accuracy; one cannot help but notice his receivers adjust and even abandon routes to get to one of many balls that he throws off-target.
Also, in his year and a half of starting prior to the 2006 season, Smith had a tendency to take off and run a bit more often than you like to see for an NFL prospect. While he has cut down on that dramatically in 2006, it's still something to keep in the back of your mind, as there have been a number of occasions where Smith starts to make that break, then changes his mind and hauls off a pass.
Troy Smith is a bit of an oddity as a draft prospect. On one hand, he seems very polished, picking apart defenses and making a name for himself. On the other, he seems very raw, with an occasionally wild arm, and periodic strange decisions. However, with his strong play and significant exposure, expect several teams to look at him high in the draft, as he looks like he could almost be in a John Elway type of mold. The fact that it's a very shallow-looking draft pool at QB should help his case considerably as well.
Projection: Mid to high first round