Draft Profile: BioMaurice Smith from Miami Central High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Smith opted to join Florida State.
In 2019 as a freshman Smith saw action in 4 games and played a total of 180 snaps for the Seminoles. He allowed just 3 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks while playing at left guard.
As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 8 games and a total of 542 snaps. He conceded an impressive 5 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and no sacks while playing at center.
In 2021 as a junior Smith saw action in 9 games and totaled 532 snaps. He gave up 12 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks while playing at center.
In 2022 as a senior Smith saw action in 11 games and played a total of 731 snaps for the Seminoles. He allowed an impressive 7 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing at center.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- In the run game, Smith comes off the snap quickly and is excellent with hand placement. Smith understands angles, and he displays impressive footwork in moving to the second level, usually getting in position to deliver blocks.
- Shows excellent awareness when presented with stunts and blitzes, and he works well with teammates on combo blocks
- Willing to attack and punches multiple times to finish the play. Quick to pick up edge blitz and shows no panic, easily adjusting angles and resetting his feet. Can recover and reset his anchor. Rarely late off the snap.
- He consistently plays beyond the whistle. He has good enough feet to hold his own in pass protection, particularly when factoring in his effort.
- Showing some nastiness to his game, he will sustain blocks through the whistle, thriving when he’s in the phone booth.
- Smith thrives on physicality, often out-grappling bigger defensive linemen and winning in the phone booth with tenacity and upper-body strength.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Often simply tries to push pass rushers past the pocket. Smith can also look a bit hesitant when it comes to recognizing and reacting to twists, stunts and blitzes up front.
- Good upper-body strength but must improve his core strength. Better suited to a zone-blocking system because of his athleticism.
- His technique is sound, so it’s more a matter of functional strength.
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