Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #3 CB, #17/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1-2 2008: First-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and third-team accolades from the Associated Press...All-ACC first-team pick...Started all thirteen games at left cornerback, registered 44 tackles (36 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards, 4.5 stops for losses totaling 24 yards and a QB pressure...Caused a league-high four fumbles, as he deflected eight passes and blocked one punt...Gained 112 yards on six kickoff returns (18.7 avg)...Ranked tied for second in the nation with a school season-record eight interceptions, tying another ACC mark by returning those pass thefts for 166 yards and three touchdowns, just one shy of the NCAA annual record four interception returns for scores by Deltha O'Neal of California in 1999...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 3-13-4.3-0; KR: 6-112-18.7-0; 36 Sol-44 TT, 4.5 TFL, 3 SK, 8 INT, 10 PBU, 1 QBH, 4 FF, 1 BLK; Considered one of the top corners in the ACC ... First team All- ACC ... Second team All-America by Walter Camp ... Third team AP All- America squad and honorable mention on the Sports Illustrated All-America team ... First team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com ... Led the nation and the ACC with a school-record eight interceptions ... Had three interception returns for touchdowns ...2006: 14 GP; 3 GS; 37 Sol-48 TT, 8.5 TFL, 4 SK, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Played in all 14 games and started three at cornerback... tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss from his position in the secondary... ranked third on the team with four sacks... intercepted three passes, tied for the the third-most on the team... broke up eight passes, the third-most on the team... ranked seventh on the team with 48 tackles... 2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 52 Sol-59 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 3 INT, 9 PBU, 1 FF; Named first team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, and Scout.com... chosen second team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and Rivals.com... selected to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team... recipient of the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week award on October 24... ranked among the top freshmen nationally with eight tackles for loss... tied for the team lead and tied for third in the ACC with 12 passes defended... tied for eighth in the ACC and 68th nationally with three interceptions... claimed a starting job in the preseason as a rookie and retained it all season... one of only three Wake Forest defenders to start all 11 games... 2004: Redshirted the season as a true freshman... nickname is Prime.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 2/37 -- Alphonso Smith, CB, 5-9, 193, Wake Forest...Smith fell down draft boards because of his height, but the Broncos had a first-round grade on him. They traded their 2010 first-round pick to Seattle to get Smith, the ACC's all-time leader in interceptions. Smith can come in right away and play in nickel packages, and perhaps push Andre' Goodman for a starting spot. Both of Denver's projected starting cornerbacks are more than 30 years old, and Smith is the future at the position. - by The Sports Xchange
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11/12/12 - CB Alphonso Smith was waived by the Lions Monday. Smith, who was signed by the Lions on Oct. 18, saw limited action in four games.
10/18/12 - CB Alphonso Smith is back. Down to two healthy cornerbacks, the Lions re-signed Smith, who spent the last two seasons in Detroit. Smith was among the final cuts after training camp, despite having eight interceptions in two seasons. "Understanding is the best thing in the world," he said. "To players, this is a sport. To others it's a business. I understand that. At the end of the day, the Detroit Lions had to do the best thing for the Detroit Lions." Smith could see action on Monday. Chris Houston and Jonte Green were the only available cornerbacks as of Thursday.
01/01/12 - CB Alphonso Smith had been playing well in place of CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), but Smith was benched early in the third quarter after giving up a 58-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.