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Report: Many teams take Jimmy Smith off draft board

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Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith continues to be one of the more talked about prospects in this draft class.

The PFT Live guest is seen as a top-15 talent, but Mike Mayock of NFL Network only ranked him No. 30 overall because of his inconsistency.   Character concerns also continue to plague Smith.

Tony Pauline of SI.com and DraftInsider.net reports that a “number of teams” have taken Smith off their draft boards because of his previous arrests and attitude.  Teams at the Combine reportedly didn’t like that Smith didn’t take responsibility for or directly address his issues in interviews.

Of course, teams could also be spreading negative things about Smith in hopes of seeing him slip in the draft.  Smith visited the Lions last week, and it still wouldn’t shock us to see him go in the top 20 picks.

Talent usually trumps character concerns for at least one team on draft day.

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10 Responses to “Report: Many teams take Jimmy Smith off draft board”
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 14, 2011 9:17 AM

    Such a deep DB class, though. Why take a risk?

  2. nflallyear says: Mar 14, 2011 9:37 AM

    The Bungals, as usual, would have no problem taking him

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Mar 14, 2011 9:43 AM

    I’d take Jimmer instead..

  4. We'reFineThere says: Mar 14, 2011 9:50 AM

    The “DB class is deep” if you are picking in the top 9 like the Cowboys are. Have fun in the post Parcells world, where you and the Skins can another 0-5 vs 0-5 Monday Nighter. But seriously, Jimmy Smith will still go in the first round because there’s not a lot to choose from after those first 2 guys.

  5. mick730 says: Mar 14, 2011 10:18 AM

    Smith should join Von Miller in the lawsuit against the owners. After all, just like Miller, he’a already a “partner” in the NFL.

  6. armchairgm9 says: Mar 14, 2011 10:20 AM

    It’s all about risk vs. reward. Once he gets past pick 18, his talent is worth the chance. Mike Williams (TB) was the same way. Take a guy with character concerns late enough and you no longer risk “wasting” a pick, and instead look like a genius if he works out.

  7. johnnycash19 says: Mar 14, 2011 12:37 PM

    A lot of people are making a big deal about Jimmy Smith visiting the Lions, but people forget that they drafted Jahvid Best last year. Jahvid Best said the Lions showed NO interest in him and never had a visit to the Lions. Jimmy Smith visiting the Lions means absolutely nothing.

  8. mvpolamalu says: Mar 14, 2011 12:48 PM

    Steelers!! Mike T will straighten him out

  9. aschwartz2011 says: Mar 14, 2011 1:15 PM

    He might slip out of the first round if the Bengals bring back Joseph eliminating there need. This is especially true considering the Raiders have no first round picks.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Mar 14, 2011 3:20 PM

    He will probably go to the bengals since they usually find most of the bad actors.

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