One thing I will praise this guy for is his instincts. One thing that makes a great football player are the ones who have a natural instinct no matter what position they are playing. This is even more true for defensive players. You cannot be a great DB without instincts. You can be a good DB or serviceable in spots without instincts if you have the athletic ability and you stick with your assignment… but the great ones have that natural instinct (For diagnosing routes, reading the QB, finding the ball in the air, taking good angles, and tackling).Ryan Smith has those natural instincts... which is key. The kid has the athletic ability to play corner, so he should be able to make a smooth transition to safety. Similar to Tanard Jackson without the character issues. For him to be able to sit back and monitor the field will pay dividends if our pass rush has improved. I can see him being able to capitalize on poorly thrown balls, something our safeties failed miserably at last season. He's also not afraid to stick his nose in there and tackle which is a plus. There's a lot of upside to this player. I hope he can put it all together and earn the starting FS spot. There's definitely not a viable path to a starting CB role for him (barring injury), but there is ample opportunity for him to earn a starting position at one of the safety spots. I hope he goes into camp and takes the starting position like Kwon did... and prove doubters wrong about the "small school" like Marpet did. I will reserve judgment until we see him in action, but I like his intangibles and his natural instincts.
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