Tim Smith 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Two-year contributor
- Scheme tendencies: Multiple
- 2022 projected role: Should enter his first year as a starter along this front
Pros: Tim Smith plays in an Alabama scheme where the defensive line’s primary focus is to play the run and sustain gaps. Smith does this very well in how he appears to easily maintain the line of scrimmage on run plays. Smith has a thick lower half and good upper-body strength that allows him to really set the line of scrimmage and make it difficult for offensive linemen to move him off of his spot. Smith’s upper-body strength allows him to lock out offensive linemen and be in position to shed them when he needs to make a tackle. Smith is in line to be a starter this year, which means he should have the opportunity to make more impactful plays and showcase his skills on a consistent basis.
Cons: The area of Tim Smith’s game that can improve is his ability to affect the quarterback as a pass rusher. Smith is most effective when there are called stunts and twists and he can get the natural penetration that’s created from those stunts and twists. When there aren’t any twists or stunts called and Smith has to beat his man, he appears to lack a wide array of pass rush moves. As of now, Smith prefers to convert speed to power and try to slowly collapse the pocket. This process often takes too long and results in Smith getting little to no pressure on the quarterback. Smith can improve his stock by working on different pass-rush moves, giving him more of an opportunity to get to the quarterback.
Tim Smith NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez