Jason LaConfora of the NFL Network says Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith visited the Eagles Nova Care Complex this week, which isn’t a big surprise since it’s common knowledge that the Eagles have serious needs at the cornerback position.
The controversial part of the fact that the Eagles hosted Smith is his unsettled background. According to the Denver Post, he was arrested as a minor two times for alcohol possession as a minor and he failed a drug test in 2007. The Birds have been known to be a team which doesn’t tolerate questionable character other than in the Michael Vick situation.
Perhaps Smith has persuaded the Eagles that his questionable actions are a thing of the past because they only allowed 30 visits, so they have to be seriously considering drafting Smith.
Back to his football ability, Smith is a big, physical cornerback, who loves to play press technique and cover wide receivers man-to-man. This would fit the Birds blitzing schemes because they have the corners rolled up into press technique and playing man-to-man.
I love the way he gets physical with the wide outs and forces them off of their routes. He also does a nice job of fighting for the football and seems to have an aggressive attitude when it comes to tackling and attacking the football.
Smith has got great size and long arms, which allows him to get good jams on wide receivers when they try to come off the line of scrimmage.
He ran a 4.46 forty-yard dash, which is very good speed for a guy, who stands 6’2″ and weighs 211 pounds. He showed good explosion at the combine by jumping 36″ in the vertical jump his size. seconds Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, had a 36-inch vertical jump and 10’3″
Smith has very good strength for a cornerback. He bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times during the Combine.