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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jake Smith, C

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Jacksonville, AL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 312 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
17755

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: What makes Smith so reliable is his consistent technique. Though not an elite athlete by any means, he's light on his feet, is a natural bender, and utilizes good hand placement to establish leverage enabling him to anchor and hold ground against much larger opponents. He keeps his feet moving and does a good job of resetting without panicking when initially knocked back, and as a run blocker is quick enough in a short area to take on sequential blockers and stay ahead of the play.

WEAKNESSES: At this point, Smith's game is more technique than physicality as he's not a guy you'll see blowing defenders up frequently, and in rare cases where he does lose leverage, he can be easy to thwart.

All in all, Smith's durability, strong fundamentals, instincts, and versatility to play any of the interior positions outweigh the few drawbacks and should be enough to merit at least mid-round consideration next spring if he puts together another strong year.

--Derek Stephens (8/18/14)

Player Overview

With 25 career starts at guard, and thirteen more recent starts at center, the All-AAC first-teamer, Smith, enters his redshirt senior year on several watch lists including both the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and the Rimington Award (best center).
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08/06/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: Jake Smith, C, Sr. - Louisville...A first team All-American Athletic Conference selection last year, Smith has made 38 career starts during his career. Entering his final year with the Cardinals, Smith has a streak of 13 consecutive starts dating back to last season. - Louisville football
 

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