Okay so I went through and found some scouting reports for Sean Smith, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr just to see if there were any similarities between any of them because in my personal opinion not matter how bad people think Sean Smith is he is going to be working with one of the all time greatest Corner back coaches and that is Emmit Thomas and I firmly believe that Thomas is the reason that Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers are considered to be one of the best corners in the league. Here are the scouting reports for all of them and you make your own conclusion:
Positives: Has very good upper body muscle definition, with good arm length, broad shoulders, good chest thickness, tight waist, thick calves and thighs … His frame could carry at least another ten pounds of bulk without having it impact his impressive playing speed … Best when playing in off coverage, as he makes quick reads, rarely bites on pump fakes or play action and shows the soft, natural hands to pluck the ball away from his frame … Unquestioned team leader who gets others together for extra work in the training room or after practices … Called by the coaching staff as the program's role model player … Has very good flexibility, range and quickness in the open field and his basket-ball experience allows him to time his leaps and get excellent elevation to get to the thrown pass at its high point … Has good eyes seeing the play develop, showing no hesitation or false steps in his flow to the ball … Good locating the pigskin working through trash … He is not the type that will get tunnel-vision and eyeball the quarterback, as he gets to the ball in an instant once he locates it … Plays too loose in man coverage, but even though he uses a skate-&-bail technique, he shuffles with his hips open to prevent from getting beaten by the deep throws … Because of the system he plays in, he is stationed too deep in the zone to get a great jump on the ball, but shows good urgency to close … Much better when he is allowed to see the field and receivers, play his responsibility first and then fly to the ball.
Tracks the ball well in flight and uses his reach efficiently to go up and over the receiver to break up the pass … Very quick straight-line runner, but also has the range to close on plays at the opposite sideline … His catch-up acceleration allows him to recover some when he gives up too big of a cushion … Demonstrates very good body control, as he uses his size and athletic ability to get to the right spot to prevent the pass completion … His hands are his best asset, as he looks the ball in well and it is very rare to see him drop any balls that he grabs with his hands (even good at using his body as a crutch) … Late arriver in run support, but has good hand strength and jolt ability to reroute or press the receiver sat the line of scrimmage … Reads and reacts quickly to sweeps and outside runs, doing a better job of attacking ball carriers in the open rather than in closed quarters … Gets a bit reckless at times making tackles in space, but when he squares up and keeps his pads down, he can explode behind his hits (just inconsistent in doing this) … Competitive player on the special teams coverage units, where he shows a good burst getting down field and will not hesitate to get vertical in order to make the play.
Negatives: Has good weight room strength, but needs to translate that to the football field, as he does not demonstrate good power behind his hits to impact his opponent on initial contact … Seems to shy away from contact in run support, preferring to let others make plays in that area … His competitiveness is inconsistent, as he will take a few plays off each game and throttle down when not involved in the action, rather than lend support … Might be a better fit as a safety, as he is good playing off coverage, but when he has to cover a receiver one-on-one, he plays too conservative, allowing a big cushion rather than mirroring his man … Must be more alert to action in front of him, as that large cushion he allows makes him seem late when he has to hustle and close on the ball … Has good leaping ability, but gets most of his picks and break-ups in the open field, as he is not really much of seeker for the pigskin when having to go up for it in a crowd … When he shows urgency and closes on the ball carrier, he has the playing strength to make a big hit, but he seems more comfortable in finessing his man rather than punishing him … Gets too reckless trying to make plays in space and is a step slow when having to make adjustments on the field … Must refine his backpedal, as the skate-&-bail technique he uses gets him too far behind the receiver and he struggles to recover.
Compares To: ALAN ZEMAITIS-Tampa Bay … Like Zemaitis, Carr has good timed speed and has the strength to be an impact tackler, but he fails to generate that power on the football field, as he is a marginal run supporter. He has good ability to get to the ball in flight and shows natural hands for the interception, but plays too loose off his coverage assignment, which results in the opposition having good success working underneath. With his ball hawking skills and adequate man coverage skills, he just might be a better fit inside at safety, rather than going one-one-one with receivers in man coverage at corner-back.
Carr is a hard-hitting tackler with excellent range and catch-up speed. The three-year starter at right cornerback has been extremely effective at containing the opposition's best receiver, as he openly challenges the quarterback to throw the ball into his area. He would close out his career with 50 passes defended (39 break-ups, 11 interceptions), the sixth-best career total in NCAA Division II history.
Brandon Flowers developed into one of the elite cornerbacks in college football. He's also regarded as one of the hardest hitters at his position.
A student of the game who spends plenty of time in the film room and is effective in both man and zone coverage.
Flowers' size makes it difficult to believe the impact he puts behind his tackles. He has studied NFL cornerbacks to learn how passing teams attack a secondary.
Positives: Compact build, with a well-defined upper and lower body … Has a very strong hand grip, taking advantage of it to deliver a jarring jolt to the receivers in press coverage … Agile with quick feet and good change-of-direction agility … Will get a bit reckless and overpursue, struggling to recover, but he does have the valid speed to stay with the receiver when mirroring … Smart, instinctive player who makes proper reads and knows his responsibilities coming up in run force … Uses his hands with good force to reroute in man coverage and shows explosive hitting ability, squaring his shoulders, staying low in his pads and driving with his legs to impede the ballcarrier's forward progress in outside run support … Has good acceleration planting and driving out of his backpedal and shows good discipline and movement skills, sticking tight with the receivers by using rapid feet in transition, excellent balance and good body control throughout the route progression … When he plays in control, he shows the ability to jump and anticipate the route … Likes to press better than he likes to play off the receiver, but takes his opponent out of rhythm (just needs to recover when he loses position) … Uses both the classic backpedal and shuffle-and-slide technique, but there is no wasted motion coming out of his breaks … Does a nice job of picking up receivers in the zone and is a forceful tackler who takes proper angles in order to spring into his hits … Stays low in his stance, displaying fluid hip swerve and head-turning abilities to track the ball in flight … Can transition and burst to make the play on the ball … Has natural hands and very good lift going up for the ball in traffic, much like a receiver, resulting in more than a fair share of interceptions and pass deflections … Will get burned on a go route when he gets a bit reckless, but will generally stay on the receiver's hip and shadow … Breaks sharply toward the ball and will not shy away from contact near the line of scrimmage … Shows an explosive burst off the edge as a blitzer and is fearless tackling -- his hits stand out on tape … Plays bigger than his size indicates and has no problem selling out to break up the pass … The type of player that usually takes good angles out of his breaks and shows good ability to adjust to the ball on the move (six of his interceptions came over his shoulder) … Adept at avoiding blockers and extends his arms properly to secure the receiver after the catch … Fluid in reverse and excels getting in to break up the slant patterns … Aggressive in run support and has a knack for penetrating the line to get to the ballcarrier, recording more stops behind the line of scrimmage than any other Tech defensive back in memory … Shows very loose hips to turn and run after the ballcarrier when playing along the perimeter … Very active taking on bigger blockers and, even if he gets washed out on the play, he will battle until the whistle … Will break down, face up and wrap to tackle and has the strength to impact playing off the edge and the short-area burst to pressure the pocket when blitzing.
Negatives … Plays with total aggression in his game, but gets so caught up in trying to overpower the opponent at times that he fails to properly wrap and secure … Will go vertical to make the tackle, needs to play with better control, as his recklessness leads to several missed tackles … Has good timed speed, but his recovery skills are just adequate, as he gets caught out of position, especially vs. double moves, and takes time to recover … Has good leaping ability, but must work on his timing a bit, as he lost several jump balls he should have won in 2007 … More of a collision-type tackler and when he tries to bite at the ankles, ballcarriers have had success side-stepping … His timed speed does not always translate to the field, especially when a receiver gets behind him (needs to show more consistency using his second gear).
Compares To: RONDE BARBER-Tampa Bay … Flowers can get a bit reckless trying to punish receivers, but most prefer an intimidator over a cornerback that tries to sneak up on opponents. Flowers hits hard and shows natural hands to come up with the interception. He is very good at disrupting a receiver's route progression and will deflect a lot of passes. To some, he lacks ideal size, but look Barber has been a successful cornerback and sure tackler despite his frame. Flowers is cut from the same cloth. Some people talk about durability concerns, but that appears to be a non-issue -- he's been on the field for every game since breaking his right leg in 2004.
Positives: Good height and great length for a boundary corner. Very quick feet for his size. Runs well with taller receivers down the sideline, but also lines up in the slot. Former receiver has great ball skills and the vertical to go up and get the ball. Able to locate and high-point in coverage. Elusive runner with some vision to flip field position after the interception. Forces fumbles by using his length to get a hand on the ball. Has the size and closing speed to be an effective blitzer. Very quick to support the run or attack quick screens and passes in the flat. Reacts quickly on plays in front of him and finds the ball well in the air.
Negatives: Might be seen as a corner/safety "tweener." Stiff in the upper body. Does not play with the physicality scouts would like given his size. Is slow to adjust when backpedaling if a receiver cuts his route short or goes to the skinny post. Catch-and-drag tackler whose height is a disadvantage when trying to bring down ballcarriers with a low center of gravity. Inconsistent using his hands at the line of scrimmage. Gets stuck on blocks. Takes poor angles to make tackles in space or when attacking a screen. Just a little more than two years of experience on defense. Cocky and talks trash.
Compares To: ALAN ZEMAITIS, ex-Tampa Bay -- Smith lacks the loose hips to stay with receivers on deep routes and would be more valuable when used as a centerfield safety than press cornerback. Tall corners with hip stiffness end up like Zemaitis, playing for Hamilton in the CFL in 2008. Move Smith inside to safety and he's at least a Brodney Pool (Cleveland) type of player with great hands and timing to come up with a bunch of interceptions.