Photo of Chris  Smith
Grade
5.31 ?
  • 4.71 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 34 1/8" Arm Length
  • 266LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

2013: Second-team All-SEC selection after starting in all 12 games and leading his team with 8.5 sacks. 2012: Honorable mention All-SEC pick after starting 12 games. 2011: Played in all 13 games and made three starts. 2010: Played in six games.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good take-off, burst and closing speed -- wins with quickness and effort. Plays hard with good urgency and runs to the ball. Good finishing speed and hustle in backside pursuit. Gradually improving strength. Likeable personality with natural leadership traits.

Weaknesses

Lacks functional playing strength and can be controlled easily when big-bodied blockers get their hands on him (see Alabama). Struggles to split the double team. Not a nuanced pass rusher -- reliant on upfield speed too much. Can do a better job diagnosing the run more quickly and shedding blocks.

Bottom Line

A weakside pass rusher who could most ideally project to the rush linebacker position in the pros for a 3-4 front, Smith graded more highly as a junior than he did as a senior, yet possesses the tools to earn a starting job in the pros in multiple schemes. Versatility is a plus.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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