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D.J. Smith (LB)
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Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 21 (186)

Pick Analysis: Smith is small for a linebacker and will likely have to find his niche playing special teams for the Packers.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.78 sec
  • Bench Press20.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump31.0 inch
  • Broad Jump104.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.35 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.45 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.87 sec
Buzz

Overview

Smith does not possess enough power at the point of attack or athleticism to be viewed as a potential future starter. Could find a home as a backup linebacker due to his toughness and ability to play in zone coverage. Has the makeup of a special teams contributor but does not have much experience at this time. While he can be productive in pursuit and is willing to take on blockers, he's not stout enough to consistently anchor or an elite tackler. Does not project well in man coverage in the NFL and isn't a pass-rushing threat. Smith's a potential seventh-rounder.


Strengths

Smith has adequate bulk for the next level. Does a good job making plays inside the box when unblocked. Doesn't shy away from contact. Flashes some range against the run. Comfortable dropping into coverage, can read screen and displays the ability to anticipate routes. Good character and intangibles. Highly productive.

Weaknesses

Lacks height. Can be pancakes or neutralized by powerful run blocking linemen. Struggles to get off blocks. Inconsistent range against the run and angles of pursuit. Needs to become a more sure tackler. Will struggle to hang with quicker tight ends and backs in man coverage at the next level.

Grade

2.0

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: D.J. Smith

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 07:56 p.m.

    Appalachian State linebacker D.J. Smith competes at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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