Anthony “Fish” Smithson Free Safety from Kansas
5′ 10″ 200 lbs.
40yd Dash: 4.6 sec
Kansas Career totals: 253 tackles, 6 interceptions, 10 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles
Draft projection: 3rd-5th round
Anthony “Fish” Smithson is originally from the streets of Baltimore, MD and brother to former NFL Green Bay Packer Shaky Smithson. He claims he received his nickname from his Grandmother and has not revealed the truth behind it claiming it to be a family secret. Fish comes from a large family of 8 siblings and moved around a lot as a teenager. It was around 15-16 when he moved to Utah and the quiet athlete began his road to the NFL. Shaky had committed to Utah and convinced his mother to bring Fish along. He played QB and CB in high school before switching to safety his freshman year at Hartnell Jr college. His intentions were to play corner but his coach saw the potential of good instincts and ball skills for safety. He finished his season with 74 tackles, 8 interceptions, 5 pass break ups and 2 forced fumbles. He then transferred to Kansas where he was one of the best Big 12 defensive backs for his Jr and Sr year.
Can play single high coverage, tracks ball well in zone schemes and quality ball hawk ability
Good pattern recognition in 2 high or single formation can also cover in slot position
Solid run support tackler, can play box safety but a little under sized better fit at FS
Smaller than typical NFL safety size. Main reason he’s not ranked as high by scouts
Flat footed tackler at times, absorbs rather than delivers blow, inconsistent tackle angles
Does not cover crossing routes well from slot, poor recovery speed when playing off
Final note: Fish was considered a leader at Kansas and was often referred as the back bone of the defense. He prides himself on his discipline, film study and hard work ethic from his Military prep school background. Fish will begin his career as a backup and special teams player but with the right system and coaching could excel his talent to a Pro-bowl caliber level. Many scouts consider him a steal if he is drafted from mid to late, 3rd to 5th round.