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2015 NFL DRAFT

Chris Smith, DE

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mount Ulla, NC
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 5/159 - Chris Smith, DE, 6-1, 266, Arkansas...Versatile defender who can play either end and has played some outside linebacker for the Razorbacks. Jaguars like his quick burst from set position and his ability to wrap up on tackles. Height and length could be some concern, but Jaguars feel his exterior speed rush will overcome that. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 91/8. Chris Smith, OLB, Arkansas, 6-1, 266, 4.66, 3...Smith played in 43 games and was productive from several positions, although usually defensive end. According to NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang, Smith is a 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. Frankly: Looks like a keeper, but at what position? Short for DE and not really an OLB, yet anyway. Responsible and motivated, Smith was a popular team captain, father of daughter and was described as a thicker version of Auburn defensive terror Dee Ford, minus all the talk. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas...Smith earned All-SEC honors for the second straight season after being named honorable mention All-SEC in 2012. A native of Mount Ulla, N.C., Smith is tied for third in the SEC and for 26th nationally with 8.5 sacks and is 16th in the country with 71 sack yards. His sack total is tied for the eighth-most in a single season in school history.

Smith also ranks seventh in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss. He finished his Arkansas career with 21.5 sacks, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. Smith finished the season with 36 total tackles, six quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Smith has also accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will join Swanson at the nation's top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators. - Arkansas football

10/01/2013 - The Arkansas Razorbacks have become the sack masters of the SEC. With DEs Chris Smith (6.0) and Trey Flower (3.0) leading the way at Nos. 1 and 3 in the conference among individuals, the Razorbacks, who got to Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel once, have recorded a league-high 15 sacks and have also yielded the fewest (3). - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas,...Recorded career-high 3.0 sacks as part of 5-tackle performance with two quarterback hurries in 24-3 win vs. Southern Miss...Made 2.0 sacks on Southern Miss' final drive of 2nd quarter with Golden Eagles at midfield to preserve 7-point Arkansas lead going into halftime...3.0 sacks tied for highest single-game output this season...Tied for NCAA lead with 1.5 sacks per game and ranks 3rd in SEC and 16th in NCAA with average of 1.8 TFLs per game. - SEC football

09/07/2013 - Scouting the Arkansas pass defense: DEs Trey Flowers and Chris Smith give the Razorbacks a fierce rush from the side. They combined for four sacks against a quarterback (Terrance Broadway) who has escapability. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas,...Smith has been a near-consensus first-team preseason All-SEC selection heading into the 2013 campaign. He also has been named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Hendricks Award. The Mount Ulla, N.C., native started all 12 games last season, recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one fumble.

He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's sacks total ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. His average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference with teammate Trey Flowers. Smith enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

08/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DE Chris Smith will be a key cornerstone on the defense as he heads into his senior year. He was tied for the team lead in tackles-for-loss (13.0) and led in sacks (9.0). He has 13.0 for his career, tied for 12th on the school career list. - The Sports Xchange

08/21/2013 - TOP ARKANSAS PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. DE/OLB Chris Smith (6-2, 266, 4.76)...Arkansas' ability to win up front should extend to the defensive side of the ball, as well, especially if Smith, a talented pass-rusher who led the Hogs with 9.5 sacks a season, continues to make strides. Smith worked his way up the depth chart at Arkansas, initially playing in six games as a true freshman after choosing the Razorbacks over several other prominent programs as a highly regarded prep from the state of North Carolina. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore (starting three times) and collected 31 tackles, including six for loss and 3.5 sacks. Smith broke out in 2012 to earn honorable mention all-conference honors with 52 tackles, including 13 for loss to go along with his quarterback carnage. He and South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney are the only returning pass-rushers in the SEC with nine or more sacks a season ago.

As his size suggests, Smith attacks opponents with his burst off the snap, though he does possess enough upper body strength to effectively bull-rush when tackles get off-balance. Smith has good initial quickness and overall athleticism and is willing to jab-step outside and rush inside, showing the toughness to compete within the box rather than simply remain on the flanks. He closes on the ball smoothly but doesn't arrive for the hit with as much pop as his bulked up frame suggests. Turning some of those tackles behind the line of scrimmage into turnovers (one forced fumble over his career) could go a long way in boosting Smith's stock this fall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Smith, Arkansas,...With his inclusion on the Hendricks Award Watch List, Smith has now been included on four preseason watch lists this summer. The senior, who was an honorable mention All-SEC performer in 2012, is also on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

Smith also has been a near-consensus first-team preseason All-SEC selection. The Mount Ulla, N.C., native started all 12 games last season, recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one fumble. He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's sacks total ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. His average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference with teammate Trey Flowers. Smith enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)...Smith, who was included on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award, has been a near-consensus first-team preseason All-SEC selection after earning honorable mention All-SEC acclaim in 2012. The Mount Ulla, N.C., native started all 12 games last season, recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one fumble.

He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's sacks total ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. His average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference with teammate Trey Flowers. Smith enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Chris Smith, Arkansas...Smith, who also has been recognized on numerous preseason All-SEC teams this summer, started all 12 games in 2012 and was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's 13.0 tackles for loss ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference. His average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. He enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Chris Smith, Arkansas...Smith, who also has been recognized on numerous preseason All-SEC teams this summer, started all 12 games in 2012 and was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's 13.0 tackles for loss ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference. His average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. He enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Chris Smith, Arkansas, DL...Smith, who also has been recognized on numerous preseason All-SEC teams this summer, started all 12 games in 2012 and was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only two returners in the SEC with at least 9.0 sacks last season. Smith's 13.0 tackles for loss ranked seventh on Arkansas' single-season list, and his average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game tied for fifth in the conference. His average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. He enters 2013 tied for 12th on UA's career sacks list with 13.0. - Arkansas football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 5/159 - Chris Smith, DE, 6-1, 266, Arkansas...Versatile defender who can play either end and has played some outside linebacker for the Razorbacks. Jaguars like his quick burst from set position and his ability to wrap up on tackles. Height and length could be some concern, but Jaguars feel his exterior speed rush will overcome that. - The Sports Xchange
 

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