Scouting Report: Wade Smith

Originally a blocking tight end, Wade Smith was forced to play tackle last year at Memphis and quickly took to his new position. He is now considered by scouts as one of the nations' most athletic line prospects.

Full Name:  Wade Smith      School: Memphis

Ht: 6-3.5   Wt:275     40: 5.01

Year:  5Sr  Number: 71

Stats/ Bio:  

2001: Moved from tight end to offensive tackle then started all 11 games during the season.

2000: Used as a blocker in the Tigers' two tight end sets.  Finished the season with five catches for 25 yards.

1999: Lettered as a true freshman after playing in all 11 games as the backup tight end for Billy Kendall.

Scouting Report:

The Good:  Former tight end that moved to the tackle position in 2001 but may be best off at guard in the NFL. Athletic blocker that plays with sound fundamentals and displays the skills to be effective in space or on the second level.  Generally quick off the snap, light on his feet, can shuffle and slide in pass protection or take linebackers out of the play off the line of scrimmage.   Quick with his hands and fights hard the entire play.  

The Bad: Not big or bulky but has added weight since he was a true freshman.  Did not look like a natural pass catcher early in his career at tight end.  

The Skinny:  Ultimately an effective pulling guard that could be used in several different offensive schemes and a lineman that will get better as he physically matures and receives more reps on the line.

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