Scouting Report: Onterrio Smith

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview weighs in with his in-depth analysis of Oregon running back Onterrio Smith.

Name: Onterrio Smith School: Oregon Year: 4Jr

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 40: 4.43 Pos: RB

Bio: Junior eligible and first team All-Conference selection last year. Led Oregon in rushing carrying the ball 244 times for 1,141 yards with 12 scores, also catching 13 passes for 78 yards. Missed three games in 2002 after a cartilage tear in his left knee required surgery. Originally led Oregon in rushing the prior season carrying the ball 161/1,007/7 and averaging 28.2 yards on 12 kick returns. Earned second team All-Conference honors in 2001. Sat out the 2000 season after being dismissed from the Tennessee and off the field problems reportedly include a DUI. Weighed 220-pounds at the combine.

Pos: Multi-talented runner who can help a team in a variety of ways. Patient back with great vision and a runner who sets up his blocks, follows them, and displays the ability to run to daylight. Quick-footed, bounces it to the outside avoiding piles and fast enough to get around the corner. Displays a burst through the hole. Shifty and sets up defenders, freezing them and making them miss. Deceptively strong and lays his shoulders into opponents, picking up the extra yardage off initial contact. Explosive returning kicks and quickly changes the tempo of a game with long returns. Adequate receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Lacks the top size and may not be able to take the every-down pounding of a feature runner. Durability is questioned as are off the field habits.
Analysis: Skill-wise, a talented prospect that deserves an early ranking but factoring in injuries and incidents away from football, ultimately drafted much lower than his talents warrant.

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