Troy Smith falls to 5th round

Brady Quinn’s drop to the 22nd spot in the first round may have been slightly difficult for the former Irish QB, but Heisman winner Troy Smith made that look like nothing, dropping all the way to the last pick of the 5th round of the NFL draft (making him the 174th pick overall). Smith was the 9th quarterback selected, falling even behind former Huskies QB Isaiah Stanback, who was injured mid-way through the 2006 season. Stanback was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round.

Smith is the lowest drafted Heisman winner since former Miami QB Gino Toretta dropped to the 7th round in 1992. Doug Flutie, chosen in the 11th round in 1985 is the lowest drafted Heisman winner since the combined draft began in 1966.

FYI: As GR points out in comments, Jason White, the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, went undrafted after returning for the 2004 season, despite leading the Oklahoma Sooners back to the National Championship game that same year.

16 Responses to “Troy Smith falls to 5th round”

  1. GR says:

    You are only counting the heisman winners that were actually drafted. Troy Smith did much better for himself than Jason White did.

  2. Dan Port says:

    It baffles me how something like height can have such a huge effect on draft position.

  3. Matt says:

    Or Charlie Ward. And that decision by Darius Walker to come out early is looking great right about now…

  4. Matt says:

    Dan, I’m not sure the fall for Troy Smith is just about height. First, the NFL is now very concerned about character issues, and he has had some problems in that area. He also tends to be late on progression reads, and has some mechanical issues as well. Time will tell if this was a miss by the NFL scouts.

  5. Dan Port says:

    I was referring not only to Smith, but also to Flutie and other QBs whose height has killed their draft position. You’re right about the character issues, though.

  6. yea says:

    Height affects draft position because its extremely important to the quarterback position on the pro level. Running a college offense where your team has a vast talent gap on another team isnt the same as being a QB in a pro offense. Some QBs can succeed without height but its an uphill battle and not worthy of a high draft pick to take a risk on.

  7. David K. says:

    Not to mentions Smith’s performance in the national championship game.

  8. Dan Port says:

    Poor, poor Darius Walker! Will he be Mr. Irrelevant?

  9. Brendan Loy says:

    Not to mentions Smith’s performance in the national championship game.

    But Smith won the Ohio State-Michigan game, and that was the real national championship game!

    Oh… nevermind…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Charlie Ward? Didn’t he specifically ask not to be drafted so he could go play in the NBA?

  11. i would have taken chris leak over troy smith…leak is a pure drop back passer

  12. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    I wonder how much of Troy Smith’s woes have to do with the recent decline in Michael Vick’s stock. You have two similar players who had similar college careers. Vick has not been able to demonstrate he is worth the dough they are paying him. Why gamble on Smith?

  13. Andrew says:

    Troy Smith is athletic, but he is both shorter than Vick and nowhere near as fast. What made Vick special is he had Reggie Bush-like speed.

  14. I laughed when I saw that Doug Flutie was the lowest drafted Heisman trophy winner ever… because as it turned out his pro career pretty much lived up to the hype. He was the best quarterback ever in the NFL, even greater than Warren Moon— and he was pretty good in the USA as well.

    If I am not mistaken, in 2005, he became the last member of the class of 1985 to retire from pro football. And he was also the last ex-USFL player to retire.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Best quarterback ever in the NFL? Pretty bold statement to not substantiate.

  16. Angrier and Angrier says:

    You can’t substantiate it. Doug Flutie may be the greatest player ever in the CFL, but he won’t even be remotely considered for the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Besides, anyone who would imply that the greatest quarterback ever might be Warren Moon, instead of, I don’t know, Joe Montana, Dan Morino, John Elway, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or about a dozen other guys, doesn’t know what he is talking about.