Chris Smith, DE

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mount Ulla, NC
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

The Mt. Ulla, N.C. native earned MVP honors in leading his West Rowan High School team to the Class 3A state championship in 2009, and he was also named the defensive MVP of the North Carolina team in the North Carolina-South Carolina all-star game.

He appeared in six games as a freshman for Arkansas, finishing with three tackles and one pass breakup. Smith emerged as a regular contributor in 2011, playing in all 13 games with three starts and finishing with 31 tackles, 6.0 for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Davis emerged as an honorable mention All-SEC player as a junior, starting all 12 games and racking up 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss to go with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. That was a preview of the stellar 2013 season Smith produced, as he closed the regular season ranked third in the SEC and 26th nationally with 8.5 sacks that totaled 71 yards in losses.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Thickly-built pass-rusher with enough burst, lateral agility and underrated strength to harass opposing quarterbacks off the edge or when used as a stand-up rusher up the middle. Versatile defender who lined up as a LDE, RDE and even as a traditional outside linebacker for the Razorbacks.

Flashes a quick burst off the snap to cross the face of offensive tackles, as well as an effective spin move back inside to counter his exterior speed rush. Uses his natural leverage advantage effectively, showing enough strength to bull rush opponents into the backfield and hold up at the point of attack to handle run defending duties.

Very good closing speed when the ball is near. Strong, wrap-up tackler who brings the ballcarrier to the ground.

WEAKNESSES: Jack of all trades, master of none type who may be viewed as a 'tweener DE/OLB prospect. Highly inconsistent burst off the snap. Too often is the last defender off the ball when rushing out of a three-point stance. Even when he beats tackles initially, Smith tops-out quickly and shows only average flexibility in turning the corner to close.

Lack of preferred height and length is apparent in how often Smith appears to lose track of the ball, as well as his struggles in disengaging from blocks. Rarely is asked to drop into coverage at Arkansas.

COMPARES TO: Daryl Tapp, Redskins: Like Tapp, Smith possesses the combination of burst upfield and underrated strength at the point of attack to help a franchise, but size limitations could mean journeyman status in the NFL.

--Rob Rang (1/22/14)

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