Scouting Report Will Smith vs. Texans
Sometimes when a player gets a big contract they tend to
back off and their performance suffers.
A study done in MLB showed that overall performance declined 11.5% after
a big contract. That is not the case
with ex-Buckeye Will Smith. Even
in a preseason game he gives the Saints everything he has on every play. That is all a coach can ask of a player.
By Bill Smith
Smith's situation that are established stars suffer training camp 2 a day
practices and preseason games as a necessary evil. They are usually trying to get out of work to
save themselves for the games that count.
Smith may feel that way but it does not affect his play. He plays at a very high level in the
preseason just like it was a playoff game.
In the game
against the Texans, Smith was opposite one of the players that I listed on my
all “under-appreciated” rookies published here a month prior to the draft T
Duane Brown. Brown has played very well
at the surprise first round pick of the Texans and instant starter at LT. But Brown had his hands full against
The Need to Double
drafted primarily as a pass rusher. He
is very effective at that. He uses a
combination of power rush and very sophisticated leverage moves. He requires a double team on any long
pass. This year he is likely to see
fewer doubles. He should be helped with
the addition of seventh overall pick Sedrick Ellis (USC) starting beside
Texans, he split double teams and got pressure on the QB. He also stoned a double on a run and made the
tackle. He consistently drove Brown into
the backfield often getting close enough to make the QB move or throw
early. He also caused a holding penalty
by the offense on a pass.
A Pro-Bowl Run
When he was drafted, it was
assumed by the experts that Smith would be a liability against the run but that
has not been the case. Smith was
selected to the pro-bowl for the first time last season. That is an indication that he has mastered
the run as well as the pass.
played the first half of the game. In 9
total ratable plays he had only 1 negative play which is unusual for a DE. Smith scored 11 net scouting points for a
grade of A.
Bill Smith is a
former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has
also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com