Antone Smith: The Heir to Brian Westrook's Throne?

Curt KolpCorrespondent IApril 14, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 22:  Antone Smith #6 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the Maryland Terrapins on November 22, 2008 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Who is Antone Smith?  I asked the same question when a fellow B/R writer suggested we draft him instead of a guy like Donald Brown.

So I went and searched for Antone Smith...And what I found was a Brian Westbrook-type player.

Antone Smith played for Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles for all four of his collegiate seasons.  It was not until his Junior year that he became the No. 1 starter at Florida State.

In his Junior year, he rushed the ball 192 times for 819 yards and only three touchdowns...this was because he was injured for most of the year.  His toughness was questioned by many and Smith was determined to shake the injury label

So in the offseason, he worked on his strength and durability by hitting the weights hard.  He entered his senior year feeling better than ever.  Although he worked so hard in the offseason, he was hampered with a rib injury during the majority of his senior year/

He showed his toughness by playing through the injury and having a stellar 2008 campaign.  He rushed the ball 177 times for 797 yards and 15 touchdowns! He also had 10 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.

He ended his collegiate career with 2,255 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Pretty decent numbers for only being the full time starter for two years and being hampered with injuries.

He impressed scouts at the FSU's Pro Day by running a 4.32 40-yard dash...he also put up 32 reps in the bench press and had a 36 inch vertical!

Smith is similar to Westbrook in ways: Brian Westbrook is listed as 5'10" and weighing in at 203lbs....Antone Smith is listed as 5'9" and weighing in at 191lbs.  Both are small, speedy backs.  Also, BWest was drafted in the third round, and Antone is projected to go in the Fourth.

He just might be the heir to the throne as far as the running back position goes...It could be very beneficial to pick this guy up because then the Eagles can focus in the earlier rounds on other positions of need, such as offensive line, wide receiver, and tight end.

What do you guys think?