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Lecitus Smith is a Nasty Guard That Might Become a Starter in Washington

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2022 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Commanders

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Lecitus Smith, OG

School: Virginia Tech University | Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

College Experience: Redshirt Senior | Age: ?

Height / Weight: 6’3” / 314 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 4th-5th round

Player Comparison: Nate Davis

Player Overview

Lecitus Smith came to Virginia Tech as a tight end and converted to left guard following the 2017 season. There, Smith became a three-year starter for the Hokies. He has a decent frame for the offensive line but lacks the desired arm length for the position. Smith projects to be developmental depth in his first year, but can be a starter in year two or three. Scouts say he works best in a zone-run scheme.

Strengths

  • Aggressive blocker and competitor.
  • A natural knee bender that helps him stay in control.
  • Quick feet help mirror defenders effectively.
  • Good pocket passing composure.
  • Great football IQ and strong work ethic

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent hand placement.
  • Can rely too much on length then he stops his feet. Gets driven off-balance.
  • Run-blocking needs improvement.
  • Below-average arm length.
  • Feet sometimes don’t follow his hands.

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How Will He Fit On The Team

With the departure of Brandon Scherff and the release of Ereck Flowers, the guard position has become a need for the team. This is also coupled with how a rash of injuries forced Washington to rely on their interior line depth. While Smith may not come in as the immediate week 1 starter for either guard position, he should develop into an eventual starter. Smith would provide Washington a combination of blocking intelligence and nastiness.