Tremon Smith NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Central Arkansas cornerback Tremon Smith, rear, breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Brandon Sheperd (7) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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POSITIVES

—Well-built, versatile athlete who also made an impact as a punt returner.

—Notched 12 INTs in three years as a starter, dominating the lower level of competition.

—Played straight man coverage and erased one side of the field at Central Arkansas.

—Has the speed to run downfield with vertical receivers and the size (6'0", 190 lbs) to challenge on 50-50 balls.

—Attacks when the ball is in the air.

                     

NEGATIVES

—Hasn't been challenged by top-tier athletes or players.

—Super aggressive, which worked with his athleticism at the FCS level but will be exposed by better route-runners.

—Long strider will struggle with transitions on breaking routes or shallow crossers.

—Needs to learn timing and technique on hip turns and how to chop his feet.

                   

OVERALL

Tremon Smith looks the part and is an active, aggressive cornerback prospect, but he's raw in terms of coverage and awareness. A team willing to be patient could get a steal in the late rounds if it can tap into his skill set and teach him patience and technique. With how well he tested, Smith could go earlier than we project.

                    

GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Brandon Williams, Arizona Cardinals

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