Sean Smith's Pro Day Performance Cements First Day Bid

A shell of my former selfCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY--Whether they admitted it or not, the 25-to-30 NFL scouts on hand to watch Utah's Pro Day drooled.

In an impressive workout encore, former Utah cornerback Sean Smith put on an athletic showcase.

After the junior from Pasadena, Calif., had a 40 time of 4.47 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a few weeks ago, Smith showed up to Pro Day a bit faster, a bit quicker and a bit leaner.

"The pressure's a lot lower here," Smith said. "The night before the combine, I was staying up and nervous."

He continued on saying he was more "loose and focused" at the Pro Day.

The 6'3" Smith said he had dropped five pounds from the time of the combine until the Pro Day, taking him from 214 pounds down to 209.

And it helped. Smith ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and showcased his tremendous athletic abilities by performing in the shuttle drill and performing ball drills with individual NFL scouts.

At his size, Smith, as everyone knows by now, is an enigma.

He has the size of Randy Moss and the swagger of Terrell Owens, but he will be lining up face-to-face against these guys come fall.

There is no cornerback coming out of college football this year that has the raw intangibles that Smith presents, but the key term in that sentence is raw.

Smith was a standout high school running back in Pasadena and was recruited as exactly that coming to Utah, but his eventual move to corner was a tedious one.

He was shifted to wide receiver during his redshirt year and lined up as a wideout in 11 games back in 2006.

As Utah's leader in interceptions and pass breakups a year ago, Smith would often line up against the opponent's best wide receivers such as TCU's Jimmy Young, BYU's Austin Collie and most notably, Alabama's freshman phenom Julio Jones.

The always-eccentric Smith is a project that NFL teams are willingly waiting to take a chance on. Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney was on hand to watch Smith's workout.

The 4.43 and the five lost pounds solidified Smith's first-day pick as a cornerback, a position he wasn't ready to give up on.

Many teams and scouts view Smith as a potential star at free safety given his closing speed and anticipation skills, but the Pro Day performance was probably enough to give the former Ute a first or second-round draft pick.

The jubilant Smith tried to deter the attention off of him and onto his fellow teammates, who hadn't experienced working out for NFL scouts.

One player he singled out was his fellow starting cornerback, Brice McCain, who upped his stock by running a blazing 4.24 40 and finishing the shuttle drills in less than four minutes.

"Look, Brice McCain, 4.2, by the way," said Smith laughing.


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