Harrison Smith (SS), Notre Dame
6-2 214 lbs.
90 tackles, 3 TFL, 10 PD, FF
Late first-early second round
Smith is very effective when playing downhill inside the box and consistently gets early jumps on the ball, reads and reacts quickly. He generates good power into contact when working in pursuit and uses his strong upper body to wrap up. He's projected as playing a center field type role as an NFL strong safety. (National Football Post)
He gets upright and will get overextended with footwork when looking to close in on a ball-carrier. Smith lacks great straight-line speed and struggles to get back up to speed quickly. Scouts say Smith isn't the type of player you want to trust to run with receivers down the field. (National Football Post)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears are always looking for the perfect fit for the Cover 2 defense, so finding a way to land Smith in the first or second round could be a move they make. The Notre Dame product wont win many foot races, but his balance and instincts have scouts raving about what he may develop into at the pro level. Smith can tackle about as well as any safety in this draft class, but he will need to prove he can continue to elevate his coverage skills.
CSN will have two quality college basketball matchups on Saturday as two Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge games will be featured live.
Bradley (4-3) has Nevada (6-2) in town for a 7 p.m. game Saturday on CSN while Illinois State (3-2) will host New Mexico (5-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday on CSN+.
The Braves have alternated wins and losses all season as they hope to build momentum off of a road win over Eastern Illinois.
Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces Bradley at 15.3 points per game on 48 percent three-point shooting while junior guard JoJo McGlaston is putting up 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.
Nevada enters this one winning four of their last five games as senior guard Marcus Marshall is averaging 20.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Cameron Oliver has been generating some pro buzz as he's averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.
In the second contest, Illinois State is hoping for a key non-conference win against a quality opponent. Senior forward Deontae Hawkins is doing some solid damage as he's averaging 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while junior forward MiKyle McIntosh is at 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.
Proviso East product Paris Lee is also having a good year at guard for Illinois State.
New Mexico is led by a former area product as Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Tim Williams is averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Junior guard Elijah Brown, the son of former NBA coach Mike Brown, is also playing well for New Mexico as he's putting up 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Northern Iowa looks to snap a two-game losing streak as they host George Mason tonight. You can catch this game live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.
The Panthers (3-2) have lost both games to Xavier as Northern Iowa matched up with the top-25 team for the title in the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando before losing to them on the road less than a week later.
Northern Iowa does own some solid wins over Oklahoma and Arizona State as they're led by senior Jeremy Morgan, who is averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game -- which all lead the team.
Junior forward Klint Carlson has also been strong for the Panthers as he's put up 12.2 points per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.
George Mason (3-2) has won three consecutive games -- with two of those wins coming by four points or less. The Patriots haven't played anyone as good as Northern Iowa yet as they beat Kent State, Bradley and James Madison.