Smith cracks first round in Kiper mock

February, 15, 2012
Mel Kiper's second mock draft is out Insider, and there's a newcomer from Notre Dame in the first round.

Kiper has former Irish safety Harrison Smith being chosen 28th overall by the Green Bay Packers, writing:
The Packers are another team that should be looking for the best value possible at either safety or cornerback, and Smith provides value here. What I like about Smith is his ability to do it all. He's not the world's greatest athlete, but any scout will tell you: At this position, you take the instincts over the athlete 100 out of 100 times. Smith gets great jumps in coverage and will get in passing lanes, but he's also outstanding in run support. You don't lose ground in one area when he's out there.

Kiper has Smith's college teammate, Michael Floyd, going 10 spots earlier, to the San Diego Chargers at No. 18.
What happens with Vincent Jackson obviously could have an effect on this selection, but even if Jackson remains, the Chargers could use another player who can create matchup problems in the passing game. Floyd showed me a lot this year -- he cut his weight some and played lighter than 230 pounds, and it really made him a more explosive player. He can make plays all over the field in the passing game. The Chargers also must get some help on the offensive line, and could go that route here if they really like a player.

Floyd also rose six spots on Kiper's Big Board this week Insider, from No. 24 to No. 18.

Meanwhile, the former Notre Dame receiver dropped four spots on Todd McShay's draft board Insider, from No. 18 to No. 22.

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