3 Buffalo Bills safety options in top of 2023 NFL Draft

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Buffalo Bills, Christopher Smith
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Buffalo Bills safety options in 2023 NFL Draft: Christopher Smith, Georgia

Can you go wrong with a defensive player from Georgia?  Seems all these guys can flat out play.  Smith is the smallest of these three guys, coming in at 5’11” and weighing in at 188 pounds.  He, like the other two, bring a sub-4.5, 40 to the field, clocked at 4.46.

Smith is very much as versatile a player as any safety in the draft, where the Bulldogs would line him up as the free safety, in the box or as the nickel corner in the slot.  His football IQ has received high praise from many scouting reports and was named a team captain by his Georgia teammates.

He is more than capable of providing solid run support; however, can sometimes be hesitant in reaction, which shows up more in his tackling skills and at times struggles to get off blocks.

Christopher Smith could be a very solid option for the Bills in round three, given most draft experts project Smith as a one year project, so he could spend a year learning from Hyde, before being ready to assume the full time job but in his rookie year with his versatility of playing in the nickel, could prove to have some value in his rookie year to spell players in the secondary from time to time, as he grows into a full-time starter in 2024