Commentary

Curry and Smith highlight rout

Originally Published: September 1, 2008
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
In Wake Forest's 41-13 rout of the Baylor Bears down in Waco, Texas, Thursday night, we had a chance to look at two outstanding senior pro prospects, Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith and Wake Forest outside linebacker Aaron Curry.

Though Baylor's offensive line generally struggled against Wake Forest, Smith once again showed why he is such a highly regarded left tackle prospect. The former tight end is a gifted athlete who has great feet and balance in pass protection, yet on running plays he has developed into a real finisher. No. 72 basically takes the opposition's right defensive end out of the game. What impressed me with Smith is that he demonstrated the same focus at the start of the game as he did late in the fourth quarter, even though the game was very one-sided. There were no lapses in concentration for Smith, a definite super blue-chipper.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst