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2016 NFL DRAFT

Jerome Smith, RB

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Bear, DE
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player News
05/13/2014 - Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Jerome Smith, 6-0, 226 pounds, finished his career as one of Syracuse's top rushers, ranking 13th on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,219 yards. He rushed for 914 yards on 200 carries with eight touchdowns in 2013 and ranked second in the Big East with 1,171 yards on 227 carries in 2012. Smith is a native of Bear, DE and attended Pencader Charter School where he earned third-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors after rushing for 1,334 yards and 16 touchdowns on 193 carries while posting 36 tackles and four sacks as a senior. - Atlanta Falcons

12/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Jerome Smith plays the most pivotal role on the Syracuse offense. The junior led the team with 840 yards and has 11 rushing touchdowns despite an inconsistent passing game that has encouraged opposing defenses to focus on stopping the run. When the Orange need to move the chains on a third and short, he's the guy trusted to do so. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB-Jerome Smith, Jr., Syracuse (13)...Smith, a junior running back, leads SU in rushing with 840 yards on 184 carries and has 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing) on the season. He has 2,145 career yards, which ranks 16th in school history and he has eight career 100-yard games which also ranks ninth in the SU record book. - Syracuse football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): RB Jerome Smith, Syracuse, 6-0, 217, Sr., Bear, Del. (53)...Smith, a junior running back, leads SU in rushing with 840 yards on 184 carries and has 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing) on the season. He has 2,145 career yards, which ranks 16th in school history and he has eight career 100-yard games which also ranks ninth in the SU record book. - Syracuse football

11/10/2013 - Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse used a strong defensive effort to beat error-prone Maryland 20-3 Saturday. Smith scored from the 1 in the first quarter and added a 21-yard TD with 10:33 left to put the Orange up by 17. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and eighth of his career. Durell Eskridge and Julian Whigham had interceptions for Syracuse, which also forced five fumbles - recovering two of them. The Orange (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have allowed only three points in their last two games following a 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech.

Maryland (5-4, 1-4) has lost three straight and four of five. The Terrapins have been trying since mid-October to reach the six wins necessary to earn a bowl bid. C.J. Brown went 21 for 40 for 211 yards and two interceptions for Maryland, which was limited to 151 yards in the second half. - AP Sports

10/12/2013 - Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown to help Syracuse beat North Carolina State 24-10 on Saturday. Smith finished with 140 yards and ran for a 1-yard score in the first quarter for the Orange (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Gulley ran for 132 yards and the 18-yard go-ahead score with 6:13 left, helping Syracuse win its first ACC road game.

Terrel Hunt added a rushing score of his own to make it a two-possession game with 2:39 left, part of the second straight big rushing performance for Syracuse. A week after running for 323 yards against No. 3 Clemson, the Orange ran for 362 yards against the Wolfpack (3-3, 0-3). Pete Thomas threw for 151 yards and a touchdown in a frustrating performance for the Wolfpack, who reached the end zone only once and struggled to sustain drives all day. - AP Sports

09/12/2013 - Scouting the Syracuse running game: Once again, neither Jerome Smith nor Prince-Tyson Gulley could get anything going on the ground against Northwestern. Wagner will be an easier matchup, but the Orange have some work to do before entering ACC play. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Jerome Smith didn't have a great day on the ground against Penn State, but he did do something he had a tough time accomplishing a year ago -- finding the end zone. Smith ran for touchdowns of 10 and one yards against the Nittany Lions. He managed only three rushing touchdowns in 2012 despite carrying the ball 227 times. The goal-line offense was a weakness a year ago; if Smith keeps finding the end zone, that won't be the case this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2013 - TOP SYRACUSE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. RB Jerome Smith (6-0, 226, 4.62)*...Despite sharing a bulk of the carries with senior-to-be Prince-Tyson Gulley, Smith led Syracuse in rush attempts (227) and rush yards (1,171) last season. He was the starter for 12 games in 2012 and was listed as the first-team running back on Syracuse's post-spring depth chart so he is expected to see most of the touches again in 2013. Smith is solidly-built and runs behind his pads with raw power and toughness, but he doesn't break as many tackles as his running style might suggest with room to improve his overall balance at initial contact.

He isn't overly elusive, but has some shiftiness to sidestep defenders, using his quick feet to swiftly cut back against the grain and keep defenders off-balance. He is a grinder who wins at the line of scrimmage with his vision and patience to find slivers and get to the second level quickly (a la Alfred Morris). Smith, who recently received a retroactive medical redshirt due to an injury from his freshman season, has two seasons of eligibility remaining in college and is well on his way to being one of the more productive backs in school history. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Jerome Smith (Jr.), Syracuse...Smith is the leading returning rusher in the ACC in 2013. He paced the Orange with 1,171 yards on 227 carries and scored three touchdowns. His output ranks fifth on Syracuse's single-season rushing yards record list. The junior had a career-high 152 yards on a personal-best 29 carries in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl victory against West Virginia in Yankee Stadium. - Syracuse football

07/17/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Jerome Smith, Syracuse...Smith is the leading returning rusher in the ACC in 2013. He paced the Orange with 1,171 yards on 227 carries and scored three touchdowns. His output ranks fifth on Syracuse's single-season rushing yards record list. The junior had a career-high 152 yards on a personal-best 29 carries in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl victory against West Virginia in Yankee Stadium. - Syracuse football

06/06/2013 - Scott Shafer had a feeling Jerome Smith's redshirt year was in his back pocket. He called it a "no-brainer" that Smith, the Syracuse running back who topped 1,000 yards a season ago, would be granted a retroactive medical redshirt for his injury-shortened 2010 season. So when the NCAA granted Smith an extra year, which Shafer made public through the release of his post-spring depth chart in late May, it was less a sigh of relief and more a confirmation of what the SU coaching staff had been banking on. "I was (expecting it)," Shafer said. "It seemed like a no-brainer to us. I think it was just matter of you don't file it until you get to that point. That worked out good."

Smith played in only two games as a true freshman in 2010 before suffering a left shoulder injury that sidelined him the remainder of the season. The retroactive redshirt makes him a junior for 2013, and he has two years of eligibility remaining. It's still huge news for the Orange, even though Shafer and his staff expected this to happen. Smith excelled last season as the starting running back for the first time in his career. He carried the ball 227 times -- he had 37 career carries entering 2012 -- and rushed for 1,171 yards. - Michael Cohen, Syracuse.com

05/31/2013 - Syracuse running back Jerome Smith received a retroactive medical redshirt. Smith played two games in his freshman season before being sidelined with an injury to his left shoulder. He appeared in all 12 of the Orange's games in 2011 and racked up 134 yards with a touchdown.

This past season, Smith played in all 13 of SU's games while starting 12. He became the 16th running back in Syracuse history to accumulate 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Smith finished with 1,171 yards and three touchdowns. In the Pinstripe Bowl, Smith accounted for 152 of SU's 369 yards on the ground in SU's beating of West Virginia. In 2013, Smith and senior Prince-Tyson Gulley are expected to receive the bulk of carries out of Syracuse's backfield. - Phil D'Abbraccio, The Daily Orange

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Jerome Smith, 6-0, 226 pounds, finished his career as one of Syracuse's top rushers, ranking 13th on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,219 yards. He rushed for 914 yards on 200 carries with eight touchdowns in 2013 and ranked second in the Big East with 1,171 yards on 227 carries in 2012. Smith is a native of Bear, DE and attended Pencader Charter School where he earned third-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors after rushing for 1,334 yards and 16 touchdowns on 193 carries while posting 36 tackles and four sacks as a senior. - Atlanta Falcons
 

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