Fred Smoot, an outspoken young man from Jackson was labeled somewhat cocky while roaming the Mississippi State defensive backfield. He used 4.45 speed to quickly coverage on receivers, backing up his trash talk with 112 career tackles and 10 interceptions in two years in Starkville after playing two years at Hinds Community college.
Fred's dream of playing pro football in the NFL soon will become reality, reality that he too will become a very rich young man. He said, "Obviously I think about that, but the money won't change me. I'm still going to be Fred Smoot, still loving the game. All I want to do is play football."
Besides ranking Fred Smoot the 19th best player in the draft, analyst Al Dupuy rates Smoot the second best cornerback behind Nate Clements of Ohio State. Dupuy said, "He can cover, he can hit. He likes to come up and force the run. He runs well. I think he'll be one of the top corners to go in the draft." There is a negative when evaluating Fred Smoot.
At just over 6 feet 168 pounds, he lacks the bulk, size and strength. While considered a great pass defender, Smoot must improve his run stopping capabilities to become an all-around consistent cornerback in the NFL.