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Falcons signed Florida Atlantic S Damien Parms.

Parms (6'1/201) played special teams and strong safety for the Owls, piling up 11.5 career TFLs, three forced fumbles, and an interception as a full-time starter for two seasons. He ran 4.59/4.61 at the FAU Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Parms is too stiff-hipped to man center field in the pros, but fills aggressively in the box and could push for snaps as a tone setter down the line. He'll open his career covering kickoffs and punts.
May 4 - 4:31 PM

Colts selected Florida Atlantic CB D'Joun Smith with the No. 65 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Smith (5'10/187) was a four-year contributor and three-year starter, piling up nine career INTs, 29 pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.45 in Indy with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. A quick-twitch defender with kickoff return value, Smith is a feisty competitor, willing tackler, and has playmaking ability as a route jumper. He has a chance to develop into a quality No. 2 and/or slot corner in the NFL.
May 1 - 9:39 PM

FAU CB D'Joun Smith "is a bit of a sleeper," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"When it is time to crack and replace, Smith replaces," Gruden said. "He will knock your running back down. He had seven interceptions two years ago. He does not have the ideal size, but neither does Waynes, and he's being mentioned as a possible top-10 pick. Smith looks like he enjoys tackling; I like that in my corners. I just know he is going to be one of the complete corners in this year's draft." Gruden isn't the only one high on Smith. An AFC scout told CBS earlier this year that he was impressed by the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Smith could start in a Cover 2 scheme and compares him to Ross Cockrell.
Apr 29 - 12:56 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes FAU CB D'Joun Smith fits best in a Cover 2 scheme and "has starting talent."

"Smith possesses above-average ball skills and instincts, but questions about his ability to keep up with vertical speed could push his draft stock down a little bit," Zierlein wrote. The analyst ranks Smith as the No. 10 overall cornerback. Commented a NFC director of pro personnel: "The word that comes to mind when I watch him on tape is 'spunky'. He competes hard and he wants to make plays, but his workout is going to be big for him because I'm not sure he has the top-end speed." Zierlein compares Smith to Ross Cockrell. An AFC scout told CBS earlier this year that he was impressed by the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 5:42 PM

FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith "could wind up among the first five senior cornerbacks selected," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"While lacking ideal size at 5-foot-10 1/8 and 189 pounds, Smith didn't lack in the physicality department, twice knocking down South receivers with solid hits and demonstrating light feet, a smooth turning motion and quick acceleration to lock down his side of the field," Rang wrote from the Senior Bowl practice field. An AFC scout told CBS earlier this year that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes. "He gets physical downfield and locates well with the ballskills to make plays," observed Rang's colleague Dane Brugler recently.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 24 - 4:35 PM

FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith's skillset could play up at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"An athletic cover man, Smith has gone overlooked nationally playing for a 3-9 team in the Conference USA, but he has the natural athleticism, feet and thought process to be a star in Mobile," Brugler wrote. "He gets physical downfield and locates well with the ballskills to make plays, something that should stand out during drills as Smith continues to move up boards." An AFC scout told CBS earlier this year that he was impressed by the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 10:57 PM

Florida Atlantic S Damian Parms picked off a pair of passes at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson were both victims of the ball hawk. Parms possesses prototypical size and is a good open-field tackler. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is often found around the ball.
Jan 18 - 9:54 PM

Florida Atlantic senior WR Lucky Whitehead accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Whitehead was recently named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Conference First Team. The 5-foot-10, 163-pounder led FAU and CUSA with 76 receptions. He also had six touchdowns and currently ranks No. 18 nationally in all-purpose yards, No. 11 in combined kick returns, No. 33 in kick returns, No. 10 in punt returns scores and No. 5 in number of returns.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 07:56:00 PM

Florida Atlantic S Damian Parms accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Parms, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, helps form a stellar Owls defensive backfield along with fellow NFL prospect CB D'Joun Smith. Along with possessing prototypical size, Parms is a good open-field tackler. He'll often be found around the ball.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 09:39:00 PM

FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith accepted his invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Scouts love the one-on-one drills against receivers at All-Star events, so Smith (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is going to have plenty of opportunities to make the acquaintance of evaluators who haven't seen much of him previously. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month that Smith could "make [receivers] uncomfortable coming off the line of scrimmage." An AFC scout told Brugler that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 08:44:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith could "make [receivers] uncomfortable coming off the line of scrimmage."

Smith is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Analyst Brugler wrote that, "[Smith] is patient in press while also showing the physical nature to get in the face of receivers," though he also said that the senior "lacks ideal size, length and strength and can be outmuscled at the line of scrimmage." Despite his size concerns, he has great instincts that can make up for deficiencies. An AFC scout told Brugler that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes. Several days ago, Smith was invited to the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 05:10:00 PM

FAU CB D'Jon Smith has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

This is the first we have seen this season, so let the party begin. Smith recently received plenty of praise from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who called the Owl one of the top three senior corners he has evaluated all season. Corners a one position that receives a lot of attention at all star events thanks to one on one drills versus receivers.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 12:20:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Florida Atlantic senior CB D'Joun Smith is one of the top-3 he has evaluated this year.

"I've studied 40+ senior CBs in the 2015 class so far and Smith is one of the top-3 I've evaluated. Speed with an understanding of the position," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Smith ranked No. 1 in conference USA and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (20) and No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally in interceptions (7). The Florida Atlantic prospect was named FAU's 2013 Most Valuable Player by his coaches and teammates. According to Brugler, the Florida Atlantic prospect is "one of the more talented SR CBs in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 03:42:00 PM

CBS Sport's Dane Brugler believes that Florida Atlantic senior CB D'Joun Smith has "grabbed the attention of NFL Scouts" with his production in 2013.

"It will be tough for him to match his 2013 production this upcoming year, but Smith has already grabbed the attention of NFL scouts and is an underrated senior prospect to keep an eye on this season," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Smith ranked No. 1 in conference USA and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (20) and No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally in interceptions (7). The Florida Atlantic prospect was named FAU's 2013 Most Valuable Player by his coaches and teammates, and Brugler notes that he's an "underrated senior prospect" to watch in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Bills selected Florida Atlantic LB Randell Johnson with the No. 221 overall pick in the NFL draft

Johnson (6-foot-3 1/4, 242) ran 4.60 at the Owls' Pro Day, adding a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Injury plagued at FAU, Johnson played end, linebacker, and special teams as a senior, recording 7.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. He should help Buffalo's kick and punt coverage units if he makes the final 53-man roster.
Sat, May 10, 2014 05:50:00 PM


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