With the 2015 NFL Draft upon us, writers from WVUPros and BlueGoldSports will team up and give you our predictions on where some of your favorite Mountaineers might land. Today, we examine RB Dreamius Smith and where he might land in the draft.
Smith played in WVU’s crowded backfield last season and finished third on the team in rushing with 451 yards to go along with five touchdowns. Although overshadowed by Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood, Smith does have qualities teams in the NFL look for. He is solidly built and has quick feet allowing him to make strong cuts while powering through would-be tacklers.
Jerry McGhee, BlueGoldSports.com – Undrafted: It’s possible a team may take a shot on Smith in the late rounds, but it seems very unlikely. During his senior season at West Virginia, Smith watched his playing time and production drop rushing for 451 yards compared to 494 in 2013. Being more of a straight-line runner and often described as stiff, a team could convert Smith into a short distance back, but it won’t happen until the draft has ended.
Adam Delguercio, WVUPros – Undrafted: Dreamius had an outstanding pro day, but his lack of touches during his senior year will hurt him. With that said, there is still a place in the NFL for big, athletic backs. I think he goes undrafted, but will make an NFL roster this fall. Look for a team to sign him that likes big backs and has a penchant for finding diamonds in the rough such as New England.
Jeremy Simon, BlueGoldSports.com – Undrafted: Smith’s pro day sub 4.5 40 yard dash turned some heads. But WVU’s running back by committee didn’t allow Smith to showcase his abilities last season. He is a straight line power back that may get signed as a short yardage back through free agency. His size and strength should get him a look in the NFL, but he may not hear his name called next weekend.
Caleb Wygal, WVUPros – Undrafted: I think being in the crowded backfield that he was at WVU will have him fall out of the draft. Had he been a feature back and performed up to his abilities, I think he would have been a mid-round pick. He’s had several teams show interest through the pre-draft process, and I think we’ll see him picked up by someone quickly after the draft. In the right circumstances, he’ll have a good shot at a roster spot.