Denver traded a 2010 first-round pick with the Seahawks to make this pick. Smith is a bit undersized at 5'9, has average speed, but has exceptional ball skills and holds the ACC record for career interceptions.
He is likely going to see a lot of action in nickel situations initially, and he also will likely be used as a punt returner, very similar to the late Darrent Williams. What Smith may lack in physical stature he makes up for with instinct and intelligence.
The Broncos obviously need to address the defense as their top priority in the draft, and we're likely entering into the twilight of Champ Bailey's career. We're going to need Champ to be a great teacher, and Smith will need to be an exceptional student if we are going to have success, it will largely depend on how quickly and how well the new-look secondary gels, and of course it will also depend on the defensive front getting pressure on the quarterback.
I like this pick a lot. Since Dre Bly is gone, and without young talent in the secondary, this was the right move to make, but it will take a long time before we'll know if it was worth parting with a first-round pick in next year's draft.
Josh McDaniels has already proven he is not afraid of defying conventional wisdom as we used to know it. Perhaps he knows something nobody else knows.
More to come from the Draft monitoring station shortly.
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