Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 51/5.5/3.5 after 65 tackles and five sacks the prior season.
Positives: Well-sized defensive lineman with a large degree of upside. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend, and quickly change direction. Constantly doubled or focused on by opponents in the middle of the line, and displays the ability to collapse the pocket and get push up the field. Gets a lot of force going, fires through gaps, and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, creating opportunities for his teammates. Solid first-step quickness and strong in his upper body. Almost never off his feet, and plays with adequate balance.
Negatives: Just an average change of direction. Shows no moves getting off blocks once engaged the point of attack. Marginal pass rusher.
Analysis: Smith is an above-average athlete with solid size and upside potential. He shows a lot of power in his game, with the ability to anchor at the point of attack or bulrush blockers into the backfield. Looks best suited at tackle in a conventional four-man line yet will also get consideration as a two-gap end.
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