Cleveland Browns: Late round prospects worth drafting
Van Smith, S, Clemson
Clemson safety Van Smith was a surprise entry into the 2018 NFL Draft. A two year starter for the Tigers, Smith’s best season came in 2016, where he had 95 total tackles a two interceptions. He also had eight tackles for loss in his 3 years at Clemson, with all but one of them coming in his two seasons as a starter.
Draft Prediction: 5th Round
40 Yard Dash: 4.61 seconds
Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
WHAT SCOUTS ARE SAYING:
"“Van Smith is a smaller safety, that has primarily been used in various coverages rather than with run support or blitzing. As a free safety, he can roam deep zones, and is able to locate balls quickly and get to receivers to make plays. With his excellent instincts and agility, can play in short and medium zones as well, and is able to cover running backs and tight ends working in the slot. If teams are convinced he can contribute in the box more, his stock could improve.” — Jack O’Conner, Medium.com"
HOW HE FITS WITH CLEVELAND:
The Cleveland Browns need help everywhere. While the defensive unit is already superior to the offensive unit on this team, that doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements that needed to be made. The team only had seven interceptions in 2017, and could use some more depth in the secondary as well. Van Smith would be a great bonus in both areas, as he plays well in coverage, and has the versatility to cover just about anyone on the field. If he can build up his frame a bit, he can be an instant impact player, and be a steal for the Browns on day three of the NFL Draft.