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NFL Draft Profile: Lecitus Smith, Offensive Guard, Virginia Tech Hokies

NFL draft profile scouting report for Virginia Tech guard, Lecitus Smith

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#54
Pos: OG
Ht: 6030
Wt: 320
DOB: _/_/_
Eligible: 2022
Fitzgerald, GA
Fitzgerald High School

Lecitus Smith
Virginia Tech Hokies


Pros:

Ezring: A former tight end, the Hokies’ starting left guard has the traits to be a starter if his development continues. Lecitus Smith is an impressive athlete with the movement skills to climb to the second level or pull to lead block. Once in space, he is generally efficient and effective. In pass protection, Smith has exhibited an impressive anchor thanks to his wide base. He is at his best in full-man engagement. He has proven to be a patient blocker in terms of gap discipline. Once latched on in pass protection, Smith has the movement skills to mirror and keep defenders in front of him. At this stage in his development, the Virginia Tech left guard’s selling point is his athleticism. In addition to his above-average movement skills, Smith has clear natural power that shines even when his technique falters. He is capable of dropping his hips and lowering his pad level to gain leverage. Smith also has notable ankle flexion and impressive flexibility throughout his frame for a 320-pound lineman. His short-area quickness helps him navigate the box as a run blocker. Moreover, Smith has loose hips to hinge and reengage quickly in the run game. Perhaps most importantly, the recently-converted former tight end has improved constantly since switching to guard. Over the course of the 2020 season, he displayed an improved understanding of leverage and hand placement. When he wins the pad level battle, he plays with excellent leg drive. Finally, Smith plays with solid awareness, generally picking up stunts and delayed blitzers.

Pun: Lecitus Smith provides intriguing physical attributes with an improved understanding for the little details that make a successful offensive lineman. He is tailor-made for gap/power run schemes, displaying great execution as a puller. He’s quick out of his stance, takes a tight angle behind the OL and displays a mauling attitude as a finisher to put defenders in the dirt. Lecitus creates immense drive off the LOS during double teams and drive blocks, blocking with a wide base, driving with his legs to generate power and when he gets his thick arms on you, the rep is over. Lecitus also offers functionality on inside zone run schemes due to solid AA at his size. He has good lateral agility to gain play-side leverage on a reach block and understands how to attack “half the man” to institute displacement at the POA. Lecitus is effective on combo blocks, even when the initial blocker does not pass off the defender well to him - Lecitus possesses immense grip strength and hip torque to turn defenders away from the run. In pass protection, Lecitus has an impressive 45-degree kick step that looks smoother than some tackles. When he engages first (rarely happens) he is able to display solid mirroring ability with light feet. He is most effective when uncovered off the snap, having his head on a swivel to look for work. Lecitus is a quick processor and has good awareness of incoming blitzers, overwhelming LBs+DBs with his play strength.

Cons:

Ezring: While his athleticism alone makes him an intriguing prospect, the Virginia Tech guard must improve the technical aspects of his game to be a reliable starter in the NFL. Likely his most persistent issue is his hand timing and placement. Smith is regularly late with his hands and his shots are slow to reach their target because of his wide hand placement. These technical errors reduce his functional strength and open his chest to power moves. Similarly, Smith’s tendency to play with high pad level invites contact into his frame. As a result, the Virginia Tech guard is susceptible to speed-to-power rushes. What’s more, Smith lacks ideal arm length and is often outreached by longer defenders. Consequently, he can be controlled, stacked and shed in the run game. He also often leans into his blocks and leads with his shoulders. This tendency gives defenders the chance to redirect him. Additionally, his grip strength is somewhat underwhelming which results in his failing to sustain blocks. Moreover, Smith struggles in half-man engagement. Unfortunately, he tends to lunge at his target inaccurately which leads to half-man relationships at a higher rate. Further, he regularly holds too long on the first defender and is late to reach his assignment.

Pun: While he had plenty of flashes during his Redshirt Junior season, Lecitus Smith has some weaknesses holding back his overall impact. His solid but not great athleticism hurts Lecitus when climbing to make blocks at the 2nd level in space - he’s usually just one half step out of reach from his target and thus cannot make good contact consistently. In addition, while he is usually effective on double teams with teammate Christian Darrisaw, Lecitus should work on getting hip-to-hip more often. He can get away with this versus lesser college competition, but NFL athletes will be aware of that miscue and split the double team on occasion. Furthermore, Lecitus is usually late engaging with his hands and allows defenders to get into his chest far too often, neutralizing his full level of power. While in pass protection, Lecitus’ effectiveness is held back by his marginal anchoring ability. He needs to improve his technique here as he too often allows rushers to attack his chest first and relies on his upper body to anchor, instead of dropping his weight and using his lower body.

Summary:

Ezring: An athletic but raw offensive guard, Lecitus Smith is new to the position and it shows. That said, he has the requisite traits to be a solid starter in the league. While he immediately projects as a backup, he can become a reliable starter if he improves the technical aspects of his game. 

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Pun: Mauling guard who excels at all blocks in gap/power schemes - drive, combo, pulling - largely due to overwhelming play strength thanks to leg drive. Effective at making reach blocks on inside zone runs and has an astute understanding of angling his man away from the run. Quick processor and good awareness of incoming blitzers in pass protection. Needs to anchor with his lower body better and not rely solely on his upper body. Solid but not great AA will limit his scheme versatility and overall ceiling but he can still be a high end starter due to natural physical gifts.

Background:

Born in Fitzgerald, Georgia to parents Oscar Smith and Roslyn Robinson, Lecitus Smith attended Fitzgerald High School. 247Sports’s Composite Rankings listed Smith as a 3-star recruit, the 94th overall recruit in the state of Georgia and the 43rd ranked tight end recruit in the nation. During his high school career, Smith was a three-time GHSA All-Region honoree. In 2015, he was named 2A first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also selected second-team all-state by the Georgia State Writers. Since coming to Virginia Tech, Smith has gone from a 255-pound tight end to a 320-pound offensive guard. He has started 27 games for the Hokies. In 2020, Smith was awarded ACC Honorable Mention. The former tight end majors in consumer studies. 


One-Liners

Ezring: An athletic but raw offensive guard, Lecitus Smith is new to the position and it shows. While he immediately projects as a backup, he can become a reliable starter if he improves the technical aspects of his game.

Pun: Mauling guard who excels at all blocks in gap/power schemes, is effective on inside zone and has good awareness of blitzers in pass protection but needs to improve hand timing and anchor with his lower body better vs power rushes to become a good starter.

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Ezring: 7.4 / 8.6

Pun: 7.7 / 8.8


#54
Pos: OG
Ht: 6030
Wt: 320
DOB: _/_/_
Eligible: 2022
Fitzgerald, GA
Fitzgerald High School

Lecitus Smith
Virginia Tech Hokies


Pros:

Ezring: A former tight end, the Hokies’ starting left guard has the traits to be a starter if his development continues. Lecitus Smith is an impressive athlete with the movement skills to climb to the second level or pull to lead block. Once in space, he is generally efficient and effective. In pass protection, Smith has exhibited an impressive anchor thanks to his wide base. He is at his best in full-man engagement. He has proven to be a patient blocker in terms of gap discipline. Once latched on in pass protection, Smith has the movement skills to mirror and keep defenders in front of him. At this stage in his development, the Virginia Tech left guard’s selling point is his athleticism. In addition to his above-average movement skills, Smith has clear natural power that shines even when his technique falters. He is capable of dropping his hips and lowering his pad level to gain leverage. Smith also has notable ankle flexion and impressive flexibility throughout his frame for a 320-pound lineman. His short-area quickness helps him navigate the box as a run blocker. Moreover, Smith has loose hips to hinge and reengage quickly in the run game. Perhaps most importantly, the recently-converted former tight end has improved constantly since switching to guard. Over the course of the 2020 season, he displayed an improved understanding of leverage and hand placement. When he wins the pad level battle, he plays with excellent leg drive. Finally, Smith plays with solid awareness, generally picking up stunts and delayed blitzers.

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