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QB | Ohio StateTroy Smith
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215 | 40 Time: 4.60
-Positives: With the exception of the BCS Championship game this year, he played exceptionally well in games against Michigan and high-ranked opponents. Smith really matured over his final two seasons with OSU and won the Heisman Trophy for the 2006-2007 season. He doesn't have breakaway speed like Vince Young or Michael Vick, but he is elusive and can scramble effectively. He throws the ball accurately, including when he is on the run. The improvement he made in just one season shows that he is adapting to the position well, and can continue to improve in the years to come.

Negatives: Smith's main issue involves his height. Teams are concerned that he won't be able to see enough of the field at the next level, and that a lot of his passes will simply be batted down at the line of scrimmage. He had some character issues earlier in his career, but has turned things around. At times, his mechanics will be out of line if a defense is able to shut him down early in a game. Although he adapted to the "pass first, run later" philosophy this past season, that could very well revert back to the other way around in the NFL if he is chosen by a team with a poor offensive line.

Notes: He was coached by Ted Ginn Jr's father, Ted Ginn Sr., in high school. Smith was originally thought of as possibly the second best quarterback in the draft, but the stock of LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has hindered that status. If Smith were taller, there's a good chance that teams would be giving him the same consideration as Russell. If a team does not have a serious concern regarding his height and has faith in him, he would still be a nice grab in the latter part of the first round. For the moment though, we're projecting him to be taken in round two.

Last updated Mar. 10, 2007 at 3:02 PM


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