Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith is considered to be a top-fifteen talent in the upcoming draft by a number of draft experts but personal issues from his past seem to be the topic of discussion when it comes to Smith.
Tony Pauline of SI.com and DraftInsider.net reports that a number of NFL teams have removed Smith from their draft boards. Teams were reportedly turned off by Smith’s interviews while at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago. Teams have said that Smith didn’t take responsibility for his previous problems and wasn’t willing to address these concerns during the interview process.
The fact that teams have “removed” Smith from their boards is a pretty bad sign for his overall draft stock. If Pauline’s reports hold true and NFL teams are willing to pass on him, even in the mid-rounds, then there is decent a chance that he could fall all the way to day three of the draft.
Character issues are definitely a reasonable concerns for NFL teams to have. Last week we mentioned that Smiths issues were not as bad as they are being made out to be but if he’s really unwilling to address some of his past transgressions than he is only helping to justify the concerns that are being perpetuated by the media. Despite the recent news, Smith is still worth the risk given his talent and the fact that he plays cornerback so he could whined up being a really good value for team that’s willing to take chance.