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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Smith, DE

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6162

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.662.701.5823 3510'1"4.477.48
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- --4.387.08

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad-shouldered, long-armed athlete. Good initial quickness out of the three-point stance, showing enough burst to cross the face of offensive tackles on the perimeter. Good club move to break free from pass blockers as well as the power to effectively push opponents into the pocket on the bull rush.

Alert defender who locates the ball quickly and shows good balance to pursue laterally and downfield. Shows vision and savvy as a walk-up blitzer, timing his rush with the snap nicely to penetrate his initial gap or when looping on stunts. Awareness and underrated athleticism evident when asked to cover tight ends and slot receivers on underneath routes. Gets an effective jam on his target and is athletic enough to handle coverage duties for a few yards.

Physical, reliable tackler who wraps his arms securely and arrives with a thud. Good strength to rip away at the ball while making the tackle.

WEAKNESSES: May be viewed as a 'tweener by some. Strong enough to create a pile in the running game but struggles against double-teams. Productive pass rusher but many of his sacks (and pressures) come while looping in untouched on stunts.

Quicker and more powerful than most opponents at this level but does not possess much variety in his pass rush technique. Too often gets caught up in the hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage. A bit stiff in his midsection, showing only fair ability to bend and explode around the corner and may not possess preferred straight-line speed.

COMPARES TO: Jabaal Sheard, Cleveland Browns - Like Sheard, Smith is a productive, albeit undersized pass rusher. While neither is an elite athlete, each plays with just enough burst, power and savvy to win as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 rush linebacker.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

Player Overview

Smith served as a moveable chess piece on the Cardinals' defense throughout his career, logging time at every position along the defensive line as well as a stand-up outside linebacker.

Optimists will view him as a hybrid defender capable of finding a niche in any scheme. Others will see Smith as a 'tweener prospect who struggles to handle double-teams at the line and lacks the elite athleticism to develop into an impact playmaker in the NFL.

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Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/26 - Marcus Smith, OLB, 6-3, 251, Louisville...The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from No. 22 to 26. Most teams had a second- or third-round grade on Smith, but the Eagles had a higher opinion of him than others. Smith, a former high school quarterback, had 12.5 sacks at Louisville last year. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but the Eagles think he'll be able to help them right away as a situational pass-rusher while he learns from starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. - The Sports Xchange
 

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