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Will Smith - DE Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Ohio St.
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 275
40 Time: 4.68
Grade: 4.75

Selected by New Orleans Saints
Round 1, pick 18 (18 overall)
BIO: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season, chosen as both an all-conference and All American pick. Totaled 49/20/10.5 in ’03, also breaking up 4 passes. Junior numbers included 59/12.5/5.5 which came off the heels of a sophomore campaign when he registered 47/9/4. Recently ran 4.55 during private workouts.

POSITIVES: Explosive defender and versatile lineman productive in a variety of areas. Plays low with good pad level, explodes off the snap and displays speed off the corner or pursuing from the backside. Agile, fluid changing direction and sensational making plays out to the flanks. Rarely off his feet and creates a lot of havoc in the opponents backfield. Effective in space covering tight ends. Deceptively strong, holds his ground against blocks and defends the run. Also smart and quick to diagnose the action or locate the ball.

NEGATIVES: Lacks natural bulk and size. Has difficulty with big offensive lineman and pushed from his angle of attack. Gave consideration to entering the ‘03 draft but was injured and would not have been physically prepared to perform for scouts.

ANALYSIS: Possessing a rare combination of speed, explosion and athleticism, Smith is a complete defensive lineman that impacts the game. An outstanding prospect and excellent value after the eight slot in April’s draft.

PROJECTION: Early First Round

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