Does he fit with the Jags?
Yes! Smith is the ideal cornerback in a Gus Bradley defense. He stands 6’3’’ and weighs nearly 220 pounds. Despite his ridiculous size he still has the speed required to keep up with speedy receivers down field.
Some will say Smith was a product of the Chiefs great pass rush over the last several seasons, which is partly true, but the Jaguars will have a much improved pass rush in 2016 themselves. In addition, some might point to the fact that Smith has never recorded more than 2 interceptions in a season. While Gus Bradley and Jaguar fans would love to see a cornerback who intercepts the ball five times a year, that may not be a realistic expectation this season. Smith doesn't pick the ball off a lot, but he plays great press man coverage, a staple of the Gus Bradley defense. Last season he was rated the 12th best cornerback in football by Pro Football Focus, excelling in both pass coverage and run defense.
Smith could cost a pretty penny, certainly more than the $6 million that the Jaguars paid Davon House last offseason, but he is worth it. Smith is only 28 and should have at least 3-4 good seasons left in him barring injury.
Imagine a Jaguars secondary with House and Smith on the outside. That is a ton of size for opposing offenses to deal with and would make it very difficult for quarterbacks to push the ball deep down field.
What do you think? Would you like to see Smith in Jax?
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