Photo of Preston Smith
Grade
5.64 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.70 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 271LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Angular build with long arms. Has point-of-attack strength and doesn't get pushed around. Plays with leverage against the run. Very sound wrap-up tackler who usually finishes the job. Flashes busy hands as a pass rusher and uses them to gain advantage. Gets arm extension, finds running back and looks to shed against gap running plays. As a junior, rushed passer from both ends and over the nose while also dropping into space on occasion. Can be a disruptive player when asked to play the gaps. Has ability to slip and go when rushing from inside position.

Weaknesses

Must time snap to get enough burst upfield to win the edge. More of an edge-rounder than corner-turner. Pedestrian inside pass-rush moves. Scouts say he "sees it" but doesn't have the quick-twitch athleticism to react quickly enough to make plays. Disengages a step slow. Takes too long to ramp up to play speed when asked to stop/start. Will jog and watch in pursuit away. Lacks power to bull rush.

NFL Comparison

Antonio Smith

Bottom Line

Smith has been a solid, rotational defensive end for Mississippi State, but nothing too special. When studying tape long enough, you see traits and potential. With his long arms, plus hands and ability to play the run, Smith could be an interesting prospect inside or in a hybrid 3-4 front. As a 4-3 defensive end, he lacks the twitch to be an impact player.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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.