Biography: Two-year starter who also saw extensive action with the first team as a sophomore. All-conference selection the past two years. Senior totals included 39 tackles/9 tackles for loss/5 sacks after he had 35/10/5.5 as a junior.
Positives: Athletic defender with outstanding size/speed numbers. Fluid moving in all, quick off the edge and fast getting out to the sidelines in pursuit of the action. Displays a good burst, slides down the line nicely and quickly changes direction. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, displays the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and plays with good balance. Breaks down well and keeps his knees bent.
Negatives: Easily turned from his angle of attack by a single blocker. Displays a lot of indecisiveness in his game and is marginally instinctive.
Analysis: Smith flashed skill the past three years yet never truly elevated his game to become as productive as many thought possible. He offers potential as a conventional defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment and comes with a good degree of upside. Must start to meet expectations to have a career in the NFL.
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