Will Smith, OLB

School: Texas Tech  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Riverside, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 231 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
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Player Overview

Smith received attention from several FBS programs out of high school, but academics forced him to go the long route, starting at Northwood University in 2010 and then hometown Riverside Community College in 2011. He was a four-star JUCO recruit and joined Texas Tech with the opportunity to see the field quickly, starting 11 games as a junior. Smith had his best season in 2013 as a senior with a team-best 120 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He is long and lanky and will benefit from a NFL conditioning program ? too easily taken away in the run game between the hashes, struggling to keep himself clean or shed blocks. Smith plays with an energetic, attacking style and is always around the football, but can be a tad wild and has room to tighten his angles and play speed. He doesn?t look like a future next level starter, but I like his potential to hold down a spot on special teams in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good length with growth potential to add bulk to his frame?quick first step and initial burst?long striding speed and accelerates well, showing good chase speed and aggressive angles ? relentless in pursuit?nice job getting low and finishing tackles ? mean striker and looks to impose his will with a determined attitude.

Alert and locates quickly to flow well with the action?active and energetic style with aggressiveness blitzing the pocket?good experience dropping in pass coverage and was given more and more responsibilities over his two seasons at Texas Tech (24 career starts)?athletic bloodlines ? father played football at New Mexico, mother played basketball at California Baptist?played on ST coverage and consistently made plays?excellent senior production with a team-high 120 tackles (3rd in the Big 12) and 4.5 sacks.

WEAKNESSES: Lean frame and lacks ideal muscle definition?lacks the core or limb strength to overwhelm blockers with little shock in his hands?plays too upright and will be put on skates with his shaky anchor ? too often caught in reverse wherever blockers want to take him?streaky anticipation and is more of a see-ball, get-ball type?needs to better protect his body to shed blocks, struggling to sift through the trash?choppy pedal with some ankle stiffness in his cuts.

Needs to do a better job getting his head turned in coverage ? often caught with his back to the QB?inconsistent tackling form and will slide off ballcarriers, needing to better square up his target?ends up hand fighting too much?undisciplined and will attract penalties ? too many personal foul and unnecessary roughness flags on his resume?only two years at the FBS level.

--Dane Brugler

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/238 -- Will Smith, LB, 6-2, 231, Texas Tech...A very athletic and highly productive defender at Texas Tech. This pick was made with special teams in mind. He will likely start out at the weak-side linebacker position in Dallas. - The Sports Xchange


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