The book on Sean Smith

The Dolphins went for another cornerback in the second round when they selected Utah's Sean Smith. That came after the Dolphins traded down in the round, moving down five spots and picking up an extra fifth-round from Indianapolis in the process. In Smith, the Dolphins got a cornerback with great size and great ball skills.

Smith entered the draft as an underclassman after spending three years at Utah. He earned third-team All-American honors as a junior in 2008 while helping the Utes put together an undefeated season.

Smith recorded five interceptions as a junior after getting four the year before.

He first arrived at Utah as a running back before switching to wide receiver and then to cornerback.

Smith said his experience as a wideout gave him an advantage in coverage because he understands route running. Also helping is his 6-3 frame and long reach.

Being relatively new at the position, Smith is still considered somewhat raw in his technique, particularly when it comes to his backpedal.

That inexperience is why he was available to the Dolphins at the No. 61 slot. But his athletic ability, which is exceptional for a player his size, could help him become a steal for the Dolphins if he can hone his skills over time.


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