Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith looked a bit stiff when running drills on the field and sounded a bit arrogant when speaking to reporters off the field. (Darron Cummings/AP)
A 6-2, 211-pound cornerback out of Colorado, Smith has the size, speed and strength scouts love to see when it comes to covering the shooting guards and small forwards playing wide receiver in the NFL today, but he looked a little stiff in the hips during his Tuesday workout. While his 4.46-second 40-yard dash tied for seventh at the position and his 24 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds tied for third, he couldn't crack the top 15 for either the three-cone drill or the 60-yard shuttle. That suggests he has better straight-line speed than change-of-direction quicks, which isn't necessarily a good thing, plus he came off as arrogant -- he honestly said he got bored this past season because teams didn't throw at him enough -- during his time in front of the media.
Originally going to the Lions at No. 13 in my first mock draft, now I have Smith being selected by the Giants at No. 19 overall. He may still be the third corner behind premier prospects Patrick Peterson of LSU and Prince Amukamara of Nebraska, but Texas' Aaron Williams and Miami's Brandon Harris are gaining on him.
A 6-4, 267-pound defensive end out of Purdue, Kerrigan seemed to test pretty well since his 4.71 40-yard dash tied for seventh at the position and his 33.5-inch vertical jump tied for ninth, but you have to take into account the fact that he ran drills with the linebackers and not the defensive linemen -- the former Boilermaker believes he's going to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 at the next level. When you compare his numbers to the linebackers in Indianapolis, all of a sudden his 40 time drops from tied for seventh to 13th and his vertical jump falls from tied for ninth to tied for 11th, and then his three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle finished outside the top 15 at either spot. Even if he looked just fine in attack mode, he struggled in space and may not be athletic enough to play any sort of Clay Matthews role.
Originally going to the Chargers at No. 18 in my first mock draft, now I have Kerrigan being selected by the Ravens at No. 26 overall. He's clearly behind other 3-4 outside linebacker prospects like Aldon Smith of Missouri and Akeem Ayers of UCLA, and Justin Houston of Georgia is hot on his heels, too.
A 6-8, 319-pound offensive tackle out of Colorado, Solder is a mammoth of a young man and was one of the three elite players at his position for the North team in the Senior Bowl -- Boston College's Anthony Castonzo and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi were the other two. Sure, his 5.05 seconds in the 40-yard dash (fourth) and 32-inch vertical jump (tied for third) were impressive, plus he was among the top finishers in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, but when was the last time an offensive lineman needed to run 40 yards in a straight line or jump as high as he could? What's alarming is that he finished outside the top 15 in the bench press, so he's not very strong and whatever strength he does have is spread throughout a relatively lanky body that lacks mass.
Originally going to the Giants at No. 19 in my first mock draft, now I have Solder being selected by the Patriots at No. 28 overall. He doesn't have near the upside of USC's Tyron Smith, both Carimi and Castonzo have passed him by and Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod is getting closer in his rearview mirror.
|John Crist is an NFL Analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|