Free agent safety Anthony Smith visited with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday. The Packers are trying to add depth at the safety position, in case they lose either S Nick Collins or S Atari Bigby in 2010.
The team is also looking for players with experience in the 3-4 defense, which is the same defense the Steelers employ with great success.
Smith went to Syracuse University, where he had 293 tackles playing for three years at safety.
In 2006 the Steelers made him their 19th pick in round three of the NFL draft.
Smith is known for his intensity, and hard hitting plays.
During his rookie season, he played in all 16 games that year. Starting the final four games due to an injury to safety Ryan Clark.
The following year he competed for the starting job, eventually losing the job to the current safety Clark.
Clark again was hurt and put on the injury reserve list, giving Smith the chance to start once again. He started ten games that year for the Steelers.
Smith also made a bold prediction against the Patriots that year. As we all know the Pats were undefeated during the regular season. When the Steelers were matched up against the Pats, Smith guaranteed the win.
Not only did the Patriots win the game 34-13, Smith also was responsible for giving up some big plays.
So while he is an outstanding safety, he needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut. It was a good motivational factor for his team, but he was the "easy" target for QB Tom Brady.
This will be his third year in the league, so far he has amassed 61 tackles with seven pass deflected and four interceptions. Even though he has only started 14 games for the Steelers.
He would be a great addition to the Packers defense. Expect the team to make a move soon.
Now if only we could get CB Bryant McFadden, and a couple of other low tier 3-4 prospects, the defense should have an easy transition to the new defense.
Three out of the six defensive coaches have had experience with the Steelers. Are the Packers trying to start their own version of the "Steel Curtain"?
So far it's more like the "Cupcake Curtain."