Lecitus Smith

Lecitus Smith

  • IOL Hokies
  • Graduate
  • #--
  • 6'3"
  • 314lbs
  • Prospect
  • Atlantic Coast

Top Traits

Competitive Toughness

Competitive Toughness

Lecitus Smith

It’s easy to love Smith’s block temperament. He’s an aggressive and competitive blocker that sets the tone up front for Virginia Tech. He is explosive into blocks and brings the fight to every rep.

Football IQ

Football IQ

Lecitus Smith

Smith executes with a natural sense of timing, leverage, and what his assignments are. He’s aware and alert in pass protection with the ability to hinge and pivot to adjust to line stunts and pressure packages. He’s an experienced blocker that transitioned from tight end and quickly became an impact blocker for the Hokies that is rarely penalized.

Power at POA

Power at POA

Lecitus Smith

Smith’s wide but squatty frame and natural knee bend brings out the best in his functional strength. He brings the fight and gets after his opponents and provides a physical presence up front. His core strength is notable.

Prospect Summary

Lecitus Smith came to Virginia Tech to play tight end but made the switch to offensive line following the 2017 season where he found a home at left guard for the Hokies. Smith features an interesting build that includes a thick lower half, condensed midsection, and modest length. He has good athleticism, functional strength, and natural knee bend, which leads to consistency in all phases. With that said, his lack of length does create some challenges with hand placement and winning with first contact. His aggressive demeanor, functional strength, and balanced skill set combined with his relative newness at the position gives Smith plenty of appeal as a developmental starter in the NFL. Smith profiles best to a zone rushing scheme at guard but lacks positional flexibility overall. Smith is likely to provide developmental depth in year one but has the makeup of a reliable starter by year two or three.

Ideal Role: Developmental starting guard

Scheme Fit: Zone run scheme

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: Boston College (2020), Duke (2020), North Carolina (2020), Pittsburgh (2020), North Carolina (2021), West Virginia (2021), Boston College (2021)

Best Game Studied: North Carolina (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Boston College (2021)

Competitive Toughness: See Above.

Balance: Smith’s wide frame and thick lower half enable him to remain in control. I witnessed very few instances where posture or weight distribution were issues for him while executing. He plays within himself and isn’t caught over-extending. He is a natural knee bender.

Anchor Ability: I’m more concerned with Smith’s modest length and blockers working to his edges than I am his ability to leverage his hips and remain stout at the point of attack. He has a thick lower half and natural knee bend combined with a condensed midsection that enables him to easily absorb power.

Lateral Mobility: Smith has above average lateral movement skills and the Virginia Tech offense has allowed that to shine. The Hokies often tasked him with traps, longer pulls, and connecting with moving targets in space and he consistently held his own and made impact blocks. He easily slides his feet to stay square in pass protection.

Power at POA: See Above.

Hand Technique: Features a wide frame and modest length, which creates some challenges with his hands. While he competes for placement, his punch can be more of a clapping motion and it becomes difficult for him to play with extension and keep opponents at the end of his reach. There are times where he has to work overtime for hand placement and to maintain his hand fits to sustain blocks, but he battles.

Football IQ: See Above.

Versatility: Smith has exclusively played left guard at Virginia Tech with exception of one start against Richmond in 2021 where he played left tackle. He’s a balanced blocker that has upside in the run and passing games. Virginia Tech primarily runs a zone run scheme but there is appeal for gap concepts as well. He’s outstanding in space and on the move.

Pass Sets: Smith’s mobility, flexibility, and footspeed enable him to reach his set points and stay square to blocks. That’s especially important for Smith given his modest length. He’s sound in tight spaces to redirect and mirror.

Flexibility: Smith is a natural knee bender with easy ability to hinge, pivot, and redirect. He can bow his back and absorb when necessary and his compact build above the waist prevents him from getting top heavy. He is springy when working laterally and there aren’t notable concerns when it comes to stiffness.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 74.00/100 (Fourth Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 73.00/100

Marino Grade: 78.00/100

Harris Grade: 68.00/100

Sanchez Grade: 76.00/100

Weissman Grade: 78.00/100