6’3” – 218 lbs. – 4.60e
2009: 12 – 2.5 – 1.0, 7 QBH, 1 INT
2010: 11 – 2.0 – 2.0, 4 QBH
2011: 7 – 2.0 – 1.0, 4 QBH (Redshirt)
2012: 34 – 6.5 – 6.0, 8 QBH, 1 FF, 1 PD
Contributed on special teams as a true freshman, then expanded his role to include substantial time at middle linebacker as a sophomore in 2011. Was another frequent contributor in a reserve capacity in 2012 before shifting to weakside linebacker in 2013 as a member of the starting unit.
• Tall with long limbs and the potential to add further bulk to his frame.
• Has experience playing both middle linebacker and weakside linebacker.
• Rangy player who looks very comfortable covering on passing downs.
• Gets up to speed quickly when playing downhill, good at shooting gaps.
• Quality pass rusher who demonstrates a high motor when blitzing.
• Fits the NFL’s recent trend of emphasizing smaller, more agile players.
• Was also an effective member of the Seminoles’ kick coverage unit.
• Much thinner than your typical pro linebacker, will need to add bulk.
• Has added just three pounds since his sophomore season of college.
• Really struggles to take on blocks, easily controlled or pushed aside.
• Could do a better job of avoiding blocks rather than taking them on.
• Not a very forceful hitter, smaller than some of the backs he tackles.
• A little bit deferential when other defenders are in position to tackle.
• Limited to a sub-package role at the pro level, no value in a 3-4.
Smith’s weight, or lack thereof, is a glaring weakness which will prevent him from working his way onto the field as a defensive contributor, but if he adds ten to fifteen pounds, he may eventually be able to help teams as a coverage linebacker and occasional blitzer in sub packages. Until then, his primary benefit is as a special teams contributor, a role he has been successful in at Florida State. He should receive a third-day flier from a team with an effective strength program and some patience. RD 5