Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Ito Smith

Running back
School: Southern Mississippi | Conference: C-USA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9 / 202 | 40: 4.53 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.14
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Four-year starter who led Southern Miss in rushing in each of those four seasons. Earned First Team All-Conference USA honors and rushed 248 times for 1,413 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns while catching 40 passes for 396 yards and two TDs in 2017. Named Honorable Mention All-Conference USA as a both a sophomore and a junior. Led Southern Miss with 17 rushing touchdowns on a conference-high 265 carries and added 1,459 rushing yards and 43 receptions, 459 yards and two scores through the air in 2016. Rushed for 1,128 yards and 10 touchdowns on 171 carries and made 49 catches for 515 yards and three TDs in 2015. Rushed for 536 yards and two TDs on 136 carries as a true freshman.
Pos: 
Versatile ball carrier with potential as a third-down back. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and displays burst through the hole. Displays the agility necessary to turn the corner, effectively follows blocks and picks up big yardage. Displays terrific short-area quickness with the ability to bounce around piles and squeeze through small running lanes. Shows vision and instincts and helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Recognizes assignments, picks up the blitz and squares into opponents as a blocker.
Neg: 
One-speed back and not a true perimeter runner. Average pass catcher and often clutches the ball against his frame. Runs out of bounds to finish plays and doesn’t work to pick up positive yardage.
Analysis: 
Smith offers potential as a rotational runner at the next level if he improves his pass catching and physicality.