Draft Profile: BioE.J. Smith from Jesuit High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Smith joined Stanford.
In 2021 as a freshman Smith saw action in 7 games for the Cardinals as he ran for just 133 yards on 26 attempts for an excellent 5.1 yards per carry, with one TD, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made a decent 16 receptions for 72 yards.
As a sophomore in 2022 he played just 2 games. and rushed for a decent 207 yards on 30 carries for an elite 6.9 ypc, with 3 TDs, with 3 fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in only 8 receptions for 63 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- His competitiveness and knack for high-pointing the ball allow him to play bigger than his size.
- Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind.
- He’s not a burner, and Smith is more of a block-what’s-given runner than a guy who is going to create.
- Difficult to bring down one-on-one in space, regularly sidesteps would-be tacklers and uses offhand to use oncoming defenders' momentum against them without slowing down significantly.
- Smith finishes runs well and flashes the ability to get small and squeeze through traffic.
- Not truly explosive, but possesses enough speed to beat linebacker to the edge.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Smith needs a few steps to get going with limited burst and foot speed. Has an inconsistent feel eluding tacklers and doesn't create a lot on his own. He doesn't display much power to push the pile or consistently break tackles.
- He tends to get too upright at times, sacrificing power.
- Smith could stand to get smaller when squeezing through traffic.
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