Detroit, a team that has been perennially rebuilding since 1957, is a solid landing spot for 24K, as the Lions currently boast a running back corps of Tatum Bell, Brian Calhoun, and Aveion Cason to compete with for playing time. With an already explosive passing attack and head coach Rod Marinelli's commitment to get back to running the football, Detroit may be one of the best landing spots Smith could've had, as he will get an opportunity to start immediately, and run behind an offensive line that selected Boston College's Gosder Cherilus in round one.
We asked former NFL scout Tom Marino what he thought of Smith's talents, and here's what he had to say--
Has good vision, balance, and lower body surge. Can breaks secured tackles and finishes. Is not an elusive runner but is a strong legged runner with the speed to run away from 2nd and 3rd level people. Has a low center of gravity and showed the ability to hit a point and go. Marginal down the field receiver.. (struggles to catch) Under rated and appreciated player. Not flashy, but does a lot of positive things during the course of a game. Rd 3 consideration.
Expectations should be fairly moderate for Smith as Detroit fans have been tortured with losing, year after year. 24K is likely the most talented running back to call the motor city his home since Barry Sanders, but he certainly shouldn't be compared to the Hall Of Fame back. Sanders was an elusive player who could make the best defenders miss, and Smith is more of a patient runner who can run through tackles. All in all, it's a very exciting day for not only Smith, but the entire UCF community as a whole.
Detroit Strikes Gold With 24K
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