Not surprisingly, he believes the former projection is far more accurate.
"I am a hard worker on the field, the way I go out and compete every play, try to eliminate my opponent every single play," Smith said.
Smith is durable and led all Alabama players with 831 snaps. He has rare initial quickness for a player his size and is very intuitive.
His weight and conditioning have been brought into question, but he maintains they have not and will not become an issue.
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"It's very important to me. I wouldn't want anything else but to have the best opportunity for myself to have to compete."
It would be an understatement to say that Smith's conditioning did not affect his performance in college, given his dominant showing.
In 2008, Smith was responsible for 18 blocks that resulted in touchdowns and allowed just one sack. The Crimson Tide offense was ranked 30th in the nation and third in the conference in rushing, averaging 184.6 yards per game.
Nonetheless, Smith was not satisfied.
"I can work on errors of my game; there is always room for improvement," he said.
Smith is an incredible athlete and achieves a lot on his natural abilities alone. However, his character is not as consistent.
He was suspended for the 2009 Sugar Bowl for allegedly having contact with an agent, but denies any contact.
"It was a bad decision, had nothing to do with an agent," he said. "I told Coach [Nick] Saban about it and he felt that the best thing to do to protect the university and the school itself was to suspend me from the game."
His suspension from the Sugar Bowl was difficult to handle. Having started every game of his career, not being able to do so in the last game he would wear an Alabama jersey was painful.
"I was hurt, I cried, shed my tears," he said. "I talked to my teammates and they understood. They all said that I am still a great guy, they love being around me, things like that."
That wasn't Smith's only transgression. He was widely criticized for his abrupt departure from the NFL Combine and his uninspiring performance at his Pro Day.
Despite those problems, Smith could be a steal for the Chargers midway through the first round. He believes he is up to the challenge and would add to whatever team drafts him.
"I look forward to going and competing, having a great atmosphere in the locker room and not being a cancer to the team," he said. "Just going and working hard, learning the system, getting to know the players, things like that."
Smith was originally projected to be drafted first or second overall, but his recent behavior has lowered the likelihood of that happening. He would be an excellent value pick for the Chargers, but could slide even further because San Diego puts a lot of importance on the character of its players.