DEEP FRIED DRAFT
572 attempts, 3123 yards, 29 touchdowns
100 receptions, 1050 yards, 5 touchdowns
Today we are going to look at a running back prospect that isn’t well known on the national stage. Ito Smith was a lightly recruited two-star prospect from McGill-Toolen Catholic HS in Mobile, Alabama. He rushed for 1,803 yards as a prep senior. Smith started six games as a freshman including a 141-yard effort against Marshall. He led the team in rushing with 1,128 yards as a sophomore and then led the team again as a junior with 1,459 yards.
2016: Kentucky, LSU, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, LA-Lafayette (Bowl)
Smith attacks the line of scrimmage. He has good vision, sees the cutback lanes, and he excels at changing direction. Smith gets the corner quickly on stretch plays. He sets up his blocks well. Smith is an offensive chess piece. He has lined up at “Wild Cat” quarterback and in the slot. Smith is an above-average pass blocker and lead blocker in the run game. He runs nice crisp routes.
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Ito Smith is a tremendously productive back. He has all of the skills needed to be a successful NFL back. Unfortunately, I think he might get pigeonholed into being a third down or change of pace back because of his size. In my opinion I think this would be a mistake for teams to do. I think he compares favorably to former San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey (4th Round/Eagles). As of today, I think should be drafted in the same area.
Smith is undersized. I question whether he has a home run hitting ability.