Damond Smith is one of the most promising of the six players eligible for the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft. A defensive back out of South Alabama (transferred from Western Michigan); Smith has all of the tools to be a successful defensive back at the next level. He also has had a few problems that have hurt his chances as well.
First of all, to focus on what he can do well. Usually a cornerback in college, Smith possesses 4.4 speed which includes very quick feet and great acceleration. During his college days he was able to play ten yards off of the line of scrimmage and use great quickness and instincts to react to the ball. His closing speed is more than just attention getting, it is great. He has good hands when it comes to breaking up a play or intercepting the football as well.
There is basically nothing he cannot do on the football field as far as defensive backs are concerned. Unfortunately he also once struck a teammate in a fight on the field. That led to him losing his starting job and then he was suspended for “a violation of team and compartmental rules” so he has had character issues. At least they call them; character concerns. The only negative physically is his height. At 5’11” he might be a little small for what most NFL teams want in their cornerbacks.
All of the bad is outweighed by the potential good however. For a young man with character issues, Smith is well spoken and sounds very humble when interviewed. Some scouts believe he could have the ideal size and ability to be a successful Free Safety or Strong Safety in the NFL soon. Certainly it is very possible that a team will take a risk on him. The Green Bay Packers already tried to sign him as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft but were told he was not eligible.
Whether it will be the Packers or someone else, I would be shocked if someone didn’t take a chance on this kid. His skill set is too much for everyone to pass him by.