I've seen two recent drafts that have both of these players as available.
But Sean Smith is bigger and faster than Jenkins. At 6-3, 214 pounds, he's huge by NFL cornerback standards. He also has the longest arms on the cornerback board at 34 5/8 inches. So even if he gets beat on a deep route -- he has 4.50 speed -- the arm length buys him an extra step because the quarterback still must clear his reach with the pass for a completion.
Terrific hands and ball skills...Excellent instincts...Reads and reacts quickly...Outstanding range...Smooth with fluid hips...Is able to match up in coverage...Can do some damage in the open field...Offers some versatility...Tough...Decent tackler...Great work ethic...Smart with a superb football IQ and is like a coach on the field...Outstanding leader.
Not an elite athlete...Height, weight and speed are all just average at best...Not an intimidating physical presence...Isn't very explosive and lacks a burst...Is not real strong...Gives good effort but he won't offer much in run support...Gets too high in his backpedal at times...Ran into trouble off the field...Minor durability concerns...Limited upside
After seeing two drafts that had both of these players available at 49, and after seeing Rashad win the "pick your poison" pool for our FS position I figured it'd be good to put these two against each other on their merits.
It's a classic battle in my mind. Size and Upside versus Intangibles and Experience.
Sean Smith was pretty good at CB, but he's going to be learning a "new" position. Granted, either one will be learning a somewhat new position due to the differences in schemes and such. It will still be a bit more of a learning curve than what Rashad is looking at.
Rashad Johnson was very good at S, and got quite the reputation for having a nose for the ball and good IQ. Sean Smith has a pretty good reputation as well as being good at anticipation and such, but did get out of position a couple of times.
So what do you guys think? Whoever gets picked at S is going to be up against Bowman. I think has the opportunity to be great, but he is known to have injury risk. From what I've read about Rashad injury risk due to his small size is something that has kept him from being higher on the draft board.
I think my vote goes to Sean Smith on this one, if both are available. However, I'd be happy with either one.