2014 NFL Draft: What if the Houston Texans wait on a QB?
Brett Smith, Wyoming
I know he didn’t play the “best” competition as he was in Wyoming, but he does have decent height at 6-1 and weighs 208 pounds, so just from what I’ve watched in his highlights, this guy has the potential to be a steal in the second round for a team.
Nov 23, 2013; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith (16) celebrates against the Hawaii Warriors during the second quarter at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Warriors 59-56 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
In late December, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports wrote about the QB:
"“Better athlete than given credit with deceiving mobility and very quick feet to be elusive in the pocket and avoid pressure. He has good-enough height and has worked hard to bulk up his frame, spending considerable time in the weight room.”"
Those are all very good qualities, and one other strength that I didn’t list from Brugler is he can scan the field quickly and works through reads … that will come in very handy in the NFL game.
My problem is he played at Wyoming, so we don’t know exactly the level of competition he faces, but I guess in the long run it doesn’t really matter what he faced in college, because if he’s a good QB, it will eventually show. Remember, there have been many QBs who faced tough college competition and didn’t do a thing in the NFL.
One of his weakness listed in his draft analysis is he’s extremely confident. Brugler says:
"“Almost to a fault as he tests small passing windows too often, throwing into tight coverage and hoping for a positive play. He has good enough arm strength for the next level, but lacks elite velocity, especially when he can’t step into his throws.”"
This guy I’m going to keep a eye on and really look into what he’s all about as the months go by until the draft.