Originally posted by jimrat:
Its not like its a crazy idea, been reading there are a lot of teams that want to convert him to safety.
As there always is with every small undersized linebacker with decent athleticism. The reality is that a miniscule amount of those guys end up making the switch and of those who do, even less end up being successful as safeties at the NFL level. Smith is in the process of adding weight and by the time the FSU pro day comes by I expect him to be over 222, 223 pounds and on his way to being reasonably sized for a 4-3 OLB.
Just because Chancellor has had success with Seattle doesn't mean he would have had the same success anywhere else, nor does it mean that somehow by drafting a bigger sized safety you become anymore guaranteed of success. You don't have to look any further than Aaron Rouse who was 6'4", 220 when drafted in the 3rd round by the Packers, a long-time starter at Virginia Tech who ended up being out of the NFL in essentially 2 years.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM ]