Abram Smith popped in the 2021 season after moving full-time to the running back position from the linebacker position. He was a fun piece to study in the Baylor offense in 2021, utilized as a halfback and even, at times, as a fullback. His natural running ability is evident, a product of the 5000+ yards he gained at Abilene High. Coaches say that “nobody messes with Abram” in the locker room and that with his leadership, he held teammates accountable.
RB – #7 Baylor
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Abilene (Abilene, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8457)
Phil Steele: PS#104
Abram Smith Scouting Report
Slightly below average straight-line speed, but has excellent quickness and agility. Uses his field vision as field speed and makes up for any lack of speed against the defense. Changes direction almost instantly. Better at changing direction in small increments than he is at cutting back. Doesn’t have many moves, but does little, subtle things well to gain extra yards.
Strong runner. Keeps his legs churning even while in a pile. Offers some brute strength. Fearless out of the backfield. Really puts his shoulder down well to pick up an extra yard or two. Can drag defenders. Accelerates and hits his top speed rather quickly. Very explosive. Hits the hole with such explosion that he cuts through traffic with his strength. Reads his blocks well. Much more of a north/south runner than a stretch/boundary runner.
Among the best in the country at understanding defenders and manipulating their pursuit with his movement. Excellent contact balance. Bounces off of contact very well. Doesn’t often go down after initial contact. Does not have great hands. Should be next to a non-factor as a receiver. Very strong in pass protection. Very quick and picks up his assignments very well.
What we want to see from Abram Smith in Mobile
- Just how effective can Abram Smith be as a receiver and a route-runner? In his very limited attempts at Baylor, Smith was not effective. Baylor didn’t need him to be, they had Tristan Ebner out of the backfield. However, if he shows that he can be an effective receiver out of the backfield, Smith’s stock could trend up, perhaps to the beginning of day three of the NFL Draft.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Abram Smith projects as a rotational first/second down back who can bring the power to special teams coverage as well. His north/south running style is a little bit less utilized than most, but he shows the ability to hold up in pass protection and with his uncanny ability to find space as a runner, he could be a steal in that range.
We like Smith as a fifth/seventh-round prospect in this class that is very deep at underclassmen running backs. With his lack of receiving ability, it’s hard to project him much higher.