Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chargers Draft Prospects: Harrison Smith

San Diego has been a revolving door at SS ever since the team released Rodney Harrison. San Diego has been trying to fix this problem position for the last several years.Harrison Smith has had his name come up several times when people mention the Chargers upgrading this position. Is this the year they do?

Position: SS
Height: 6' 2''
Weight: 212 Lbs.

Pros: Smith has plenty of experience, producing 47 starts at both linebacker and safety for Notre Dame. He plays aggressively at the line and can come up and play in the box. Smith has great size for the position and loves to make contact. Smith also does a good job filling running lanes. Smith also has good awareness of his surroundings.  He plays close and fast at all times, never letting up on a play.

Cons: Smith does not have elite speed, clocking in at 4.50 in the 40 yard dash. He also has rigid hips and does not play very well when he is turned around facing the opposite direction. He does not have great coverage skills and is very raw.He struggles when put on an island. He does not always play disciplined football, getting flagged more than he should.

All in all, Smith is a prospect who will most likely be drafted higher than his actual talent level. Still, Smith has raw potential and should be a good special teams contributor for the time being while he develops.

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