Free safety Anthony Smith came to the Senior Bowl to show he belonged among the better players at his position, despite his lack of ideal height. A solid week brought him attention from a number of teams who saw his passion for the game and ability to read and react to the ball in flight. The Oakland Raiders have one safety position locked up but have little to no depth available beyond that and will be in the markey for another playmaker deep in the secondary to pair with Stuart Schweigert.
earned the 2005 Syracuse
University football Bill Horr Most Valuable Player Award for his play on the field as a senior.
Smith, a 2005 first-team All-BIG EAST selection, had six interceptions, which tied for second in the nation, and 14 passes defended, which tied for 12th nationally.
He ranks third on the Orange's all-time interceptions list with 14 and his six picks this year is the most by an SU defender since 1995. Smith was the team's third-leading tackler with 71 stops. He also had three sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick.
Smith talked to us on a number of topics, including winning MVP honors at Syracuse, the nuances of playing safety and Senior Bowl week: