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Name: Paul Smith
College: Tulsa Number: 12
Height: 6-1 Weight: 208
Position: QB Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2008
40 Time: 4.95 40 Low: 4.86 40 High: 5.06
Projected Round: 7-FA Stock: High: Mid 6 Low: PFA Sunday
Rated number 15 out of 109 QB's 290 / 2546 TOTAL

Combine Results Pro Day Results
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6011
Weight: 208
40 Yrd Dash: 4.95
20 Yrd Dash: 2.81
10 Yrd Dash: 1.62 225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 26 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.29
3-Cone Drill: 7.02


Dates: 03/13/08 03/26/08
Height: 6011
Weight: 208
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash: 225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Before Combine: Hgt: 6010, Wgt: 198, 40YD: 4.84-4.93-5.04

Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 08/12/07: #23 QB, #331/750 Overall, Projected: PFA
2008 Postseason update (04/04/08): Stock: Steady. There's no mysteries with Smith. Whether at the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, or the Combine, he is very accurate within 15 yards and gets less and less accurate after that. He did show better arm strength than advertised through the process, however. A team may draft him late as a heady career backup.

2007: All-Conference USA first-team choice and named the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Year…Added Academic All-American and Academic All-C-USA honors…Draddy Award finalist…Recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement (Smith was named a first-team Academic All-America while maintaining a 3.84 GPA in communications)…Ranked fourth in the nation with a 159.85 pass efficiency rating and finished second nationally with an average of 370.29 yards per game in total offense, as he led the NCAA in points responsible for (26.14 ppg)…Shattered school and conference season-records with 5,065 yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions on 327-of-544 passes (60.1 avg)…Responsible for 60 touchdowns, adding 119 yards and thirteen scores on 105 carries (1.1 avg)…Punted 16 times for 629 yards (39.3 avg), as ten of his attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line…Touched the ball 649 times for 5,184 yards in total offense...13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 101-288-2.9-8; Pass: 350-233-66.6-2727-15-9; 2nd team All-Conf USA in '06. 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 111-258-2.3-6; Pass: 364-227-62.4-3847-20-6 in '05. Redshirt in '04. 8 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 11-21-1.9-1; Pass: 34-21-61.8-297-1-1 in '03.

Overview


The school's record holder in virtually every passing and total offense category, Paul Smith put together a prolific final season for the Golden Hurricane.

He became one of just seven players in NCAA history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season (5,065) in 2007 and one of six athletes to generate over 5,000 yards (5,184) in total offense. Smith possesses great versatility, as he not only excels as a West Coast-type of passer, but has proven to be a threat running the ball and is also an accomplished "pooch" punter.

The Golden Hurricane staff described Smith as "another coach on the field." He has great pocket awareness and the ability to make a play on his own. A very intelligent player, he was a finalist for the Draddy Award, college football's academic "Heisman Trophy," given for excellence in the classroom and field.

Smith began his prep career at Deer Creek High School, playing there for two seasons before transferring to Owasso High, where he was coached by his father, Ron Smith. He was named All-State by both the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman his senior season and also earned All-State honors by the Oklahoma Coaches Association. He added District 6A Player of the Year honors and was ranked 20th on the Rivals.com Oklahoma top-30 list as a senior. He received All-Region accolades from Prep Star and was one of 20 players named to the Tulsa World Blue-Chip List.

Smith became the state of Oklahoma's all-time passing leader as a senior with 9,574 career yards, completing 583-of-1,009 passes. He had 975 rushing yards, 83 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing scores during his career. He completed 237-of-398 yards for 3,806 yards and 35 touchdowns and also punted for a 38-yard average his senior season, setting the Oklahoma High School single-season passing record.

The quarterback completed 182-of-309 passes for 2,691 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior season, while also rushing for eight scores. As a sophomore, he led Deer Creek to the Class 3A state championship while passing for 3,077 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for six scores as a sophomore. In addition to football, he lettered four years in baseball.

Smith appeared in seven games as a reserve quarterback in 2003 at Tulsa. He connected on 21-of-34 throws (61.8%) for 297 yards and a touchdown, adding another score on seven carries. He was red-shirted in 2004, returning as the team's starter in 2005. That season, the Liberty Bowl MVP ranked 24th in the nation with a 142.9 pass efficiency rating. He hit on 227-of-364 attempts (62.4%) for 2,847 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. He gained 258 yards with six scores on 111 rushes (2.3-yard average) and also averaged 40.7 yards on three punts while gaining 3,105 yards in total offense.

As a junior, Smith earned ESPN Academic All-American second-team honors. The second-team All-Conference USA choice gained 2,727 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions, connecting on 233-of-350 throws (66.6%). He collected 288 yards on 101 carries (2.9-yard average), scoring eight times on the ground. He punted four times for a 35.8-yard average, as three of his attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line. He finished with 3,015 yards in total offense, an average of 231.9 yards per game.

As a senior, the Academic All-American and Draddy Award winner was a first-team All-Conference USA choice. He was named the league's co-Offensive Player of the Year. Smith ranked fourth in the nation with a 159.85 pass efficiency rating. His average of 370.3 yards per game in total offense ranked second in the NCAA and his average of 26.14 points responsible average led the major college ranks. He shattered school and C-USA season-records with 327-of-544 passes (60.1%) for 5,065 yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He rushed 105 times for 119 yards and 13 scores. He also punted 16 times for a 39.3-yard average, as 10 of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line.

In 47 games at Tulsa, Smith started 40 contests. He threw for 10,936 yards on 808 of 1,292 attempts (62.54%), with 83 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He carried 324 times for 666 yards (2.1-yard average) and 28 scores. He punted 23 times for 894 yards (38.87 avg), with 15 of his kicks being downed inside the 20-yard line. He gained 11,602 yards in total offense, an average of 246.85 yards per game.





Analysis


Positives: Lacks the physique of a pocket passer, but has loose hips, very good mobility, adequate upper-body definition in his chest, shoulders and arms, tight midsection and large hands to field the shotgun or long snap cleanly...Durable athlete who has never missed a game due to an injury...Classic improviser who is dangerous when scrambling in the backfield, as he can make plays with his feet enough to constantly keep his team in games (28 touchdowns rushing)...Lacks flash, but is productive at avoiding the rush and creating second-chance opportunities as a passer...Shows good arm strength on short-to-medium routes, but loses power and accuracy on some deep balls...Throws with good velocity and has good playing strength, has ability to redirect and agility in small spaces...Will easily learn and retain information...Does well in the classroom and shows good instincts to improvise...Shows adequate-to-good vision reading the field when the pocket is calm...Competes hard, keeping his team in the game despite not having much help around him...Does whatever is necessary to win and plays with a competitive drive...The son of a coach, he has good work ethic and is a tough leader-by-example type who can be vocal, if necessary...Has the stride length in his pass drops to get good depth driving back from center (more comfortable setting up with a five-step setup)...Keeps the ball high in his drops and displays good quickness in his release, with limited extra motion...Throws the ball with good velocity on short-to-medium routes, keeping his elbow up to generate a smooth release...Looks better and more comfortable when things break down around him, showing the quick decisions to whether throw or take off and run...Has good eyes to find open targets and puts the ball on the line throwing underneath ...Stays even keel as a leader, refraining from getting too high or too low emotionally...Shows the ability to bounce back when faced with adversity and teammates respond to his leadership...Shows good accuracy and touch in the short passing game, as he does a good job of putting zip on his throws to get them into tight places...Displays good accuracy both when he's set or when he's on the move, as he has outstanding awareness and feel in the pocket, showing good feet to slide and avoid rushers...Consistently shows the ability to improvise and make plays downfield, as he leads receivers nicely on passes over the middle...Although he is usually scrambling or improvising, he has adequate ability to anticipate the throw and shows the ability to set his feet and get the ball out across the middle...Displays good eyes to locate second and third options when he's scrambling, possessing better accuracy on the move than when stationary...Shows good ability to avoid pressure in the pocket and is very creative, using his feet to gain extra room when trying to locate his secondary targets...Has arm strength, accuracy and vision to locate receivers on the run.

Negatives: Shows only adequate foot quickness in his five-step drops...Scrambles when he doesn't need to, at times...Possesses only adequate arm strength and accuracy on deep balls...Production declines when he throws the ball vertically and is best on short and intermediate quick reads...Better fit for a West Coast offense...Lacks the ideal height you want from a quarterback and might have problems scanning the field vs. bigger defenders at the pro level...Needs to add more bulk and strength to absorb punishment...Good improviser, but needs to know when to throw the ball away rather than trying to create when nothing is there...Needs to refine his footwork, as he will fire off his back foot, causing deep throws to lose air and trajectory...More of a shot-putter with an elongated wind-up when attempting to throw the deep ball...Has good scrambling ability but doesn't always escape at the first sign of pressure...Must reduce his steps driving back from center (better throwing with a three-step approach) and will need time to learn how to do this, as he operated mostly out of the shotgun in college.

Compares To: TROY SMITH-Baltimore...Both posted impressive numbers as seniors but lack the size and bulk you look for in a quarterback and likely are better fits for a West Coast offense. Smith can dink-and-dunk a defense to death, but he's not a threat as a vertical passer. In an ideal world, he joins the minions of quarterbacks in Tampa Bay, where Jeff Garcia is the perfect tutor for any West Coast quarterback.





Career Notes


Holds the school records with 808 pass completions, 10,936 yards passing and 83 touchdowns, topping the old marks of 682 completions, 73 touchdowns and 9,324 yards by T.J. Rubley (1987-91)...His pass completion percentage of .6254 is topped only by Jerry Rhome (64.04%, 1963-64) by Jerry Rhome...Gained 11,304 yards in total offense in three seasons in the Conference USA (team was in the Western Athletic Conference in 2003) rank fourth in league annals...His 10,639 yards passing the last three seasons also placed him fourth on the Conference USA career list...Was responsible for 107 touchdowns during his years in the Conference USA, breaking the old league all-time record of 106 by Kevin Kolb of Houston (2003-06)...His 82 touchdown throws in C-USA are topped only by Kevin Kolb (85) and Chris Redman of Louisville (84, 1996-99) on the league all-time record chart...Smith's 5,184 yards in total offense in 2007 set school and league records and rank fifth on the NCAA annual record books behind B.J. Symons of Texas Tech (5,976 in 2003), Colt Brennan of Hawaii (5,915 in 2006), Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (5,614 in 2007) and David Klingler of Houston (5,221 in 1990)...His 5,065 yards passing in 2007 also set Tulsa and Conference USA season-records and rank sixth in NCAA history, topped by B.J. Symons (5,833 in 2003), Graham Harrell (5,705 in 2007), Colt Brennan (5,549 in 2006), Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (5,188 in 1990) and David Klingler (5,140 in 1990)...
Smith's 649 offensive plays topped the previous league season-record of 577 by Patrick Ramsey of Tulane in 1999...His 60 touchdowns responsible for in 2007 shattered the old conference annual record of 46 by Shaun King of Tulane in 1998...His 544 pass attempts in 2007 topped the previous league record of 513 by Patrick Ramsey in 1999...His 327 pass completions in 2007 broke the old C-USA record of 317 by Chris Redman of Louisville in 1999...His 47 touchdown tosses surpassed Shaun King's old league season record of 36 in 1998.





2007 Season


All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report...All-Conference USA first-team choice and named the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Year...Added Academic All-American and Academic All-C-USA honors...Draddy Award finalist...Recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement (Smith was named a first-team Academic All-America while maintaining a 3.84 GPA in communications)...Ranked fourth in the nation with a 159.85 pass-efficiency rating and finished second nationally with an average of 370.29 yards per game in total offense, as he led the NCAA in points responsible for (26.14 points per game)...Shattered school and conference season-records with 5,065 yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions on 327-of-544 passes (60.1 percent)...Responsible for 60 touchdowns, adding 119 yards and 13 scores on 105 carries (1.1-yard average)...Punted 16 times for 629 yards (39.3-yard avg), and 10 of his attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line...Touched the ball 649 times for 5,184 yards in total offense.





2007 Game Analysis


2006 Season


Second-team All-Conference USA selection by the league's coaches...ESPN Academic All-American second-team choice...Added Academic All-C-USA first-team honors and was named the league's Scholar Athlete of the Year...Finalist for the Wuerffel Award...Started all thirteen games, ranking third in the conference with an average of 231.92 yards per game in total offense...Connected on 233-of-350 passes (66.6%) for 2,727 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions...Rushed 101 times for 288 yards (2.9-yard average) and eight scores...Had four punts for 143 yards (35.8-yard avg), with three kicks being downed inside the 20-yard line...Gained 3,015 yards in total offense on 451 plays.





2006 Game Analysis


2005 Season


Named to the Conference Commissioners Honor Roll...Started all 13 games, ranking second in the league and 24th in the nation with a 142.9 pass efficiency rating...Completed 227-of-364 passes (62.4%) for 2,847 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions...Ran 111 times for 258 yards (2.3-yard average) and six scores...Punted three times for 122 yards (40.7 avg), as two kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line...Gained 3,105 yards in total offense, an average of 238.8 yards per game.





2005 Game Analysis


2004 Season


Sat out the season due to redshirt status.





2003 Season


Named to the Western Athletic Conference academic team...Played in seven games, completing 21-of-34 throws (61.8%) for 297 yards, one touchdown and an interception... Carried seven times for a 1-yard gain, collecting 298 yards in total offense.





2003 Game Analysis


Injury Report


No injuries reported.





Agility Tests


Campus: 4.93 in the 40-yard dash...270-pound bench press...315-pound squat...270-pound power clean...245-pound hang clean...31 5/8-inch arm length...9 3/4-inch hands...Right-handed... Wears contacts...27/38 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.97 in the 40-yard dash...1.64 10-yard dash...2.87 20-yard dash...4.29 20-yard shuttle...
7.02 three-cone drill...26 1/2-inch vertical jump...9'3" broad jump.





High School


Attended Owasso (Okla.) High School as a junior and senior, playing football for his father, head coach Rod Smith...Spent his first two seasons at Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.) High...Named All-State by both the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman his senior season and also earned All-State honors by the Oklahoma Coaches Association...Added District 6A-3 Player of the Year honors and was ranked 20th on the Rivals.com Oklahoma top-30 list as a senior...Received All-Region accolades from Prep Star and was one of 20 players named to the Tulsa World Blue-Chip List...Became the state of Oklahoma's all-time passing leader as a senior with 9,574 career yards, completing 583-of-1,009 passes...Had 975 rushing yards, 83 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing scores during his career...Completed 237-of-398 yards for 3,806 yards and 35 touchdowns and also punted for a 38-yard average his senior season, setting the Oklahoma High School single-season passing record...The QB completed 182-of-309 passes for 2,691 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior season, while also rushing for eight scores...As a sophomore, he led Deer Creek to the Class 3A state championship while passing for 3,077 yards and 27 touchdowns...Also rushed for six scores as a sophomore...In addition to football, he lettered four years in baseball.





Personal


Graduated in May, 2007, with a degree in Communications...Currently working on a minor in Management...Cousin, Kirk Rogers, played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs...Son of Ron and Paula Smith...His father is the head football coach at Bartlesville High School and coached Paul at Owasso High...Serves as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus...Has done numerous speaking engagements for FCA and other church-affiliated and youth events...Married last March to former Tulsa University soccer letter-winner Krista Barker...Born 7/02/84...Resides in Owasso, Oklahoma.





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Draft Scout Player News
04/23/08 - Even though the ink is still fresh on his diploma, Paul Smith is putting his communication and marketing degrees to work. His first project: himself. He has spent the past few months trying to sell himself to NFL types. Even though the quarterback broke all sorts of records during his recently completed career at Tulsa, there are questions about him as a pro prospect. Can he produce against big-time competition? Can he compensate for being 6-foot-1 1/4? Can he make all the throws? Smith mounted a campaign to answer those questions before the NFL Draft. He jetted from one coast to the other, trying to attract attention with his skills and stimulate interest with his intangibles. Hesqueezed in every opportunity to brand himself as an intelligent leader with on-field savvy. His agent even advertised Smith with an eight-page color booklet. Whether by direct marketing or word of mouth, Smith seized every chance to sell himself. "I feel like I've done all I can do to help my stock out,” Smith said. "Anything past what I've done is going to become a negative.” He laughed. "I'm not gonna start calling teams up and asking them where they have me ranked, and that's about the only next step I could do.” - Jenni Carlson, NewsOK.com

02/26/08 - Smith also clarified his official height as 6-foot-1 -1/4, not 6-foot and -1/2-inch. The NFL's system measures players to the nearest -1/8 - inch. When he was finished throwing, Smith and most of the other 10 quarterbacks in his group (there were 20 QBs in attendance, but only a few chose to participate in workouts) ran though agility drills, and Smith was pleased with his results there, too. Smith's finishing time ranked third among all the quarterbacks who worked out in both the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. In the three-cone drill, the cones are placed in the shape of an "L" and players run a pattern between. Smith ran that in 7.02 seconds. In the shuttle drill, players sprint five yards in one direction, turn and go 10 yards in the opposite direction, then turn and sprint five yards back in the original direction. Smith finished in 4.29 seconds. Those drills are a better approximation of a quarterback's ability to move quickly in the pocket than a straight-line 40-yard sprint. Smith's 40-yard times were 4.86 and 5.04 seconds. "I knew straight-ahead speed I wasn't going to do as well as some of the guys in there," he said, "but I did well on what I went there to do well in." Smith said he met with 18 NFL quarterback coaches, two head coaches and even a couple of owners. - Mike Simons, Tulsa World

02/24/08 - Smith in 2007 became just the seventh NCAA Division I-A quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards. In doing so, he was among the nation's leaders in passer efficiency rating, completion percentage and yards-per-attempt. But in the second group of quarterbacks working out at the NFL Combine on Sunday, Smith's best throws came in short bursts, and as his drops got deeper in the pocket, his throws were alarmingly less accurate. It wasn't necessarily that Smith's deep throws were bad, but the seven-step drops seemed to make him more uncomfortable as the two-hour session progressed. While most of the quarterbacks participating were able to put some air under their ball on the 40-yard stutter-and-go patterns, Smith's throws were overthrown five times in seven attempts (although once the receiver slipped and didn't arrive in time). Smith's deep balls were firm and tight, but lacked deep touch – which, ironically, could help quiet concerns about his lack of arm strength. Smith seemed more at ease on the shorter 5-yard square outs and quick posts and the 10-yard crosses and digs. Those throws required three- and five-step drops, Smith looked much more comfortable, although a couple of times he seemed to try to throw too hard and ended up with a wobbler. But Smith excelled at the deep ball in 2007 not by standing in the pocket but by breakout out of the pocket and scrambling away from pressure. NFL teams are curious in him, less as a workout warrior and rocket-armed statue than as a gritty playmaker and ballplayer. In the strict environment of the combine workouts, he unable to use every tool in his toolbox. Smith was particularly impressive on the gauntlet drill, during which a receiver runs straight-line across the field taking quick throws from QBs on alternating sides. It may sound like an easy throw, but several quarterbacks struggled frequently. - Reporter Pool - John Hoover, Tulsa World

02/11/08 - PRO POTENTIAL: QB Paul Smith had to have helped his stock with an outstanding senior season in which he passed for 47 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards while cutting back on his turnovers, showing consistent leader and making good decisions. What he didn't do was get taller (6-1), bigger (200 pounds) or make a significant increase in arm strength. Still, Smith has the skills and smarts to get a shot somewhere, whether it's late in the draft or free agency.

01/15/08 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Paul Smith - It went beyond the fact that Smith finished with 5,065 passing yards, 47 touchdown passes and 13 touchdown runs. It was the way he led by voice and example and made so many key plays in big situations. Of the 11 seniors who completed their eligibility, he will be the most difficult to replace.
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