2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Eagles
Smith was the 2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, an award that was well-deserved. He piled up 14.5 sacks, the second-most in all of college football.
Long athlete with excellent body control. Shows excellent bend around the corner. Good first step and explodes into offensive linemen. Looks to affect balance and tie up his opponent's feet. Very athletic and agile. Still has some room to add a little more mass if need be. Lacking in core strength. Can get pushed around if a blocker gets his hands inside. Must disengage more quickly and find a way to be more effective in holding his ground. Average hand work. Still growing as a pass rusher. Played QB in high school.
Good lateral quickness with fast, choppy footwork. Inconsistent at setting the edge. Too often washed out of plays. Limited to a 4-3 DE role. Above-average pass rush moves. Steady improvement since entering college. Motor faded at times against below-average opposition.
Smith projects as a late second to third round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Matthews' last two seasons with the Commodores can only be described as prolific. He was one of, if not the best receivers in the SEC in 2013 with big stats across the board. At 6-foot-3 and a solid 206 pounds, he has an interesting mix of size, route running, hands and burst that could eventually blossom into a team's No. 1 WR.
Big strider with good speed. Surprising quickness when attacking the football. Good ball skills and solid body control when needing to go up to make the play. Not a true downfield threat and will be looked to work the intermediate part of the field. Shields the ball well using his frame. Could begin career as complimentary No. 2 receiver and grow into more of a No. 1. Keeps the play alive well and reads the QB's eyes to find where to go on broken plays. Needs to use size and strength more to his benefit. Doesn't seem to have that chip on his shoulder in his style of play.
Good route runner for his size. Clean in and out of his breaks. This makes up for his lack of top-end speed. Fluid footwork. Hands are slightly above average. Focus sometimes an issue and will have to wrangle in what should be an easy catch. Good second gear when given space to accel... [Read More