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2015 NFL DRAFT

Preston Smith, DE

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 271 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6982-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.742.731.6024 3410'1"4.287.07
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Boasts an impressive wingspan and heavy hands to engage and dispose of blockers, using an array of rush moves to tear through blocks. Smith also lines up as a 1-technique lineman inside on obvious passing downs, using his initial quickness and power to penetrate the A-gap and create interior pressure.

WEAKNESSES: Is not a quick-twitch rusher and rarely beats offensive tackles with speed off the edge.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

As a first-year starter as a junior in 2013, Smith finished with 2.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss, but he has far exceeded those totals, leading the 2014 Bulldogs with 7.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

While not a dynamic threat, Smith plays motivated and has the versatile skill-set that will be attractive to pro scouts.

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02/24/2015 - Five Takeaways from the NFL Combine DL/LB Drills: 1. Positional drills most important. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the information overload that comes with all of the statistics from the Combine. At the end, we all know the tape is most important and that among the "tests" given in Indianapolis, the medicals and interviews hold the most weight. Perhaps the most underappreciated workouts (at least by the media and fans) conducted each day are the positional workouts. Yesterday, I focused all of my analysis of the showdown between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on their throwing sessions. Among the positional workouts I liked most Sunday came from NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect Leonard Williams, his cross-town rival Owa Odighizuwa from UCLA and Mississippi State's Preston Smith. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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