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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tampa Bay selects Michael Smith, RB, Utah State

With the 212th overall pick in 2012 (7th round, Pick 5), Tampa Bay selected Michael Smith, running back, from Utah State.  Smith is 5'9" and weighed 205 lbs at the 2012 NFL Combine.

NFL Draft Scount highlights:
Smith was clocked in 4.33 and 4.34 in his two 40-yard dash runs (Utah State Pro Day).  Smith once again excelled in the broad jump, clearing 10'6", with Lloyd right behind him with a 10'3" jump. Smith would shine once again in the vertical jump recording a 40.5, which was the best jump of the day.

CBS Sports:
Positives: While shorter than ideal, possesses a thick, well-poportioned frame. Excellent timed speed and has some lateral agility to elude defenders. Possesses natural hands out of the backfield, demonstrating the body control to handle poorly thrown passes and quickly secure the ball before getting upfield. Experienced kick returner with the speed to have a chance at remaining in this role in the NFL. Used as part of a rotation at Utah State and therefore comes to the NFL with relatively fresh legs. Performed well when given the opportunity to be "the guy." Named the MVP of his final game at Utah State (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), as well as the Players All-Star Classic and demonstrated eye-popping speed during his Pro Day workout after not being invited to the Combine... Negatives: Not quite the sum of his parts. Doesn't run as well on the field as his timed speed would suggest. Appears to have limited vision. Will run up the back of his linemen and can get too cute trying to elude defenders in the open field and fail to get yardage available to him... Missed much of the 2010 season with an injury to his right foot (big toe)... Used a change of pace option behind Robert Turbin and projects best in a similar role in the NFL. --Rob Rang

 Not invited to the NFL Combine;  Smith's college statistics.

Just for fun YouTube Highlights:
2011 Bowl Game Film
Pro Football Weekly Draft Profile

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