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Brett Smith NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

LINCOLN, NE - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Brett Smith #16 of the Wyoming Cowboys scrambles away from defensive tackle Thad Randle #53 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 37-34. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming (HT: 6’1¾”, WT: 207 lbs)

 

 

Positives

  • Excellent mobility; able to escape the pocket quickly and pick up first downs with his legs.
  • Throws well on the move, keeps his eyes downfield and generally makes good decisions. Can throw with enough velocity and accuracy when rolling to his right or left.
  • Quick release; despite quirky mechanics, he is able to get the ball out in a hurry.
  • Displays the ability to elude pressure and extend plays with his feet. Is elusive and slippery in the pocket, showing some maneuverability.
  • Good acceleration and straight-line speed, capable of ripping off big chunks of yardage. Can keep defenses honest with his running ability.
  • Impressive vision; is able to identify rushing opportunities and, in the open field, can pick the right cutback.
  • Fairly accurate with good ball placement.
  • Mobility helps make up for lack of ideal height. Is able to move around and create throwing lanes.
  • Flashes the necessary velocity over the middle and outside the numbers.
  • Displays leadership ability; was voted a team captain as a sophomore and junior.
  • Experienced three-year starter.
  • Very productive college career. Threw for 76 touchdowns and ran for another 20 during his time at Wyoming.
  • Possesses some upside and will likely be drafted into a situation in which he is free to develop behind an established starter.

Negatives

  • Requires work on his fundamentals. Has funky mechanics, somewhat low release with a hitch in his delivery.
  • Raw footwork; is unrefined in his movement and makes faulty steps. Often throws from unsteady platforms, resulting in inconsistent accuracy and velocity.
  • Inconsistent deep ball. Fails to transfer weight properly, causing his passes to hang in the air or sail past his intended target.
  • Can be a little loose with the football. Fumble-prone quarterback who must keep turnovers to a minimum, securing the ball in the pocket and when venturing beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Screen passes to the sideline have a tendency to arrive late, without enough zip to allow his receivers to gain significant yardage after the catch
  • Arm strength is only adequate, he does not drive the ball downfield and, while he flashes the requisite velocity, he is inconsistent in that regard.
  • Is a bit undersized by NFL standards. Roughly 6’2” with a slender build.
  • Took almost all of his college snaps from shotgun. Will need to work more playing under center.
  • Does not throw the prettiest ball.
  • Level of competition in college was fairly low playing in the Mountain West Conference. Facing NFL athletes each week will be a huge adjustment.
  • Did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Passing Statistics
YearTeamCompAttPCTYardsTDINT
2011Wyoming25341561.026222011
2012Wyoming20533062.12832276
2013Wyoming29346762.733752911
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/516959/brett-smith
Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYardsAvgTD
2011Wyoming1397105.110
2012Wyoming1142482.26
2013Wyoming1255734.64
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/516959/brett-smith

Personal Notes

  • Honorable mention All-MWC 2013
  • Team captain 2013
  • Honorable mention All-MWC 2012
  • Team captain 2012
  • Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year 2011
  • Team MVP as a freshman 2011
  • Communications major

 

Ratings Chart

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Perhaps this year’s most glaring NFL combine omission, Brett Smith possesses many of the physical tools and intangibles coveted by evaluators.

While he will not receive many opportunities to show decision-makers his ability before the draft, his three years as a starter at Wyoming should give them ample film to study. What they will see when they sit down to watch the tape is a solid developmental option with very good maneuverability and scrambling ability.

His fundamentals, however, will require a lot of work. He will need to develop for a couple years before he challenges for a starting position, but that upside exists with the right coaching.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round

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