A fluid, quick cornerback on the prowl, Tye Smith is impressive in zone coverage and active in the run game. Smith had an eye-opening game against Kevin White of West Virginia and showed that he can handle a bigger receiver with leverage and technique. He's physical, aggressive and loves the challenge. Smith can be used in the slot and will attack as a blitzer there with a high success rate. He has an NFL frame with upside. He was invited to the Shrine Game and stood out.
Tight hips and sloppy feet hurt Smith on the field. He doesn't have the top-end speed to play over the top or run with receivers on the edge but did show better on tape than at the combine (4.6 seconds). His backpedal gets high at times, and he'll get sloppy with his hands and become a grabber at the top of the route stem. For his size, Smith doesn’t play strong.
FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Backup)
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