Scouting Report: Wade Smith

Scouting Report: Wade Smith

Former tight end who moved to the line as a junior and proceeded to start the next two seasons.

Name:  Wade Smith  School:  Memphis  Year:   4Sr

Ht:  6-4  Wt:  294  40:  5.14  Pos:  G

Bio: Former tight end who moved to the line as a junior and proceeded to start the next two seasons.

Pos: Athletic line prospect who can be used in as many as three blocking positions.  Plays with solid fundamentals, bending his knees and getting leverage on opponents.  Displays excellent blocking range with the ability to shuffle and slide his feet protecting the edge.  Quick getting out to the second level and annihilates linebackers.  Stays square, fights throughout the action and jolts defenders with a punch of his hands.  Fast pulling across the line of scrimmage and skillful blocking on the move.

Neg:  Overextends and not patient with his blocks.  Must be quicker picking up defensive schemes and guesses wrong which results in getting beat to the inside by defenders.

Analysis:  Offers a lot of potential at the next level as either a guard or possibly a left tackle.  Developmental prospect who could initially be used as a tight end in run blocking situations and eventually grow into a starter.

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