Definitely don't think the guy has the mental capacity to play FS in the NFL. Maybe he could mentally handle a free-lance role that relies on instincts but I don't think he has the physically ability to be given that type of role at this level.
He's a backup SS on a good team. Well a backup SS with a very large pie-hole.
Agree with that, but is he even thick enough to take the beating at SS? I liked his hard-hitting, but the difference between him and Clark is that Clark is better at sticking with his assignments. Not perfect, but pretty good. I just don't think Smith got it, gets it, or will get it. Maybe that kid Mundy they drafted last year will be a decent backup, but IMO we should consider any good FS values from R3 onward this year, and next year it becomes a priority (like ILB).
I think on a good team (like the Steelers) he could handle SS for a few games, say if Troy were injured. This defense is good enough to cover his ass for being dumb and out of position at SS, where as at FS he gives up 60 yard bombs to the Jets and Pats. He's a big mouth idiot, but he is one heck of a hitter, and seemed to make plays around the ball in preseason, etc. That said there are better options out there, and I think Tyrone Carter is a fine backup for Troy. He's probably not as gifted as Smith athletically but seems to do well in this scheme when called upon.
I remember them being high on Mundy in camp. IIRC, he was injured very early in camp (like before the 1st preseason game) and the team thought enough of him not to outright cut him. Dunno enough about him obviously, but if he can handle backup FS and is a special teamer, I'm sending Smith packing.