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#69
Willie Smith
Team: East Carolina PiratesHeight: 6-6 Born: 11/13/1986
Position: OLWeight: 290 Hometown: Kenly, NC
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report
Smith played on the defensive line in high school and in his redshirt freshman season at East Carolina, and when he was moved to the other side of the ball was first a tight end. Soon, though, he made the transition to tackle, and the Pirates are glad he did. ECU's starting left tackle for the final 27 games of his career, Smith helped the Pirates set 16 offensive records on his way to being named to the All-Conference USA first team. Smith's frame is ideal to play left tackle at the next level, but his lack of elite strength and good-but-not-great athleticism will likely result in him being moved to the right side. Smith's reach also isn't particularly impressive, which sometimes allows speed rushers to blow by him. That said, he's very intelligent and aware in the passing game and is mobile enough to work in zone-blocking schemes if necessary. Smith's footwork, on the other hand, needs work. He also struggles in space and has problems blocking at the second level in the running game. His balance is a bit of an issue, as he tends to lunge at defenders. Smith's willingness to work will likely get him drafted sometime in the fifth or sixth round, but he may never be more than a backup at the next level.