With Auburn needing more options at Tackle, Colby Smith is a massive pick up this late in the game.
Smith is a big, somewhat lean, OL prospect with long arms and legs. He sometimes looks lanky as if he’s still growing into his body—however he is definitely an athletic guy.
With work in a college strength and conditioning program, Smith has an opportunity to be a monster on the next level; It will take a little time for him to work to that level.
One of the things that caught my eye with CS was his pad level in the running game. Colby is able to become the lower man without losing balance. He is able to get low in his hips and still maintain the power needed to drive his man off the ball. This is an important quality in an OL—especially a tackle. Here’s a good example of this:
His pass set will need some work as his process is just a touch slow and his steps are not correct right now. He makes up for this by being able to cover so much ground with each step and having an exceptional amount of length and reach.
Little things are always the most important things in OL and Smith will need to touch those up, but there are a lot of things about him that should excite Coach Harsin and Coach Friend.