Paul Smith Scouting Report
|School:||Tulsa Golden Hurricane|
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 193 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Paul Smith, QB, Tulsa
Smith played in eight games during the 2003 season as a true freshman. He redshirted in 2004, finally taking the QB starter position in the spring of 2005 -- starting all 13 games. He completed 62% of his passes for 2,847 yards, with 20 TDs and six interceptions and was named the MVP of the 2006 Liberty Bowl. In his junior season, he passed for 2,727 yards with 15 TDs and was voted to the Second Team All C-USA squad. In 2007, Smith gained 4,753 through the air. He recorded a school record 42 TDs. After the season, he was voted Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. He made the First Team All C-USA squad, capping off an impressive senior season with an equally impressive game performance at the GMC Bowl. Smith is an experienced three year started who is very intelligent (doing well with pre-snap reads). He makes good, audible decisions. He has good footwork and although he is not fast or very athletic, he is good at gaining time with his slides in the pocket. Showing poise and pocket presence, Smith has patience going through his progressions. He has a good touch and above average arm strength. He has been very accurate, with a good career TD-to-INT ratio. Smith will need coaching on his mechanics and must avoid taking unnecessary risks, because he throws sometimes into coverage. He can also become overconfident as the games move on, but he has benefited greatly from the Tulsa offensive system. Because he did not play well against top-level programs, the level of completion will be a concern. When the season began in September, scouts had Smith rated as a possible mid to late sixth rounder. Due in part to a great senior campaign, Smith elevated his stock (probably to as high as the third round). However, all of this changed the minute he went to workout at the NFL Combine. He did place third among the 20 QBs who tested at the Combine workouts on several drills, but he did not show any major trait that could warrant a higher grade than the one he entered the process to begin with. Although he displayed a better than expected arm strength, he actually overthrew several balls on the 40 yard toss; his accuracy, which had been one of his main strengths, failed him. Nevertheless, Smith is the kind of intriguing prospect who should warrant a late round consideration. With time and better coaching, he has the chance to become a reliable backup QB for a team running a West Coast-type of offense.
Last Updated Mar-21-2008 by Raul Colon
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