Photo of Za'Darius Smith
Drafted By: Ravens

Combine Results

5.43 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.65 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Smith was called up to the Senior Bowl after being named Most Valuable Defensive Player in the Shrine Game. Baltimore gets a tone setting edge setter who can develop into a rotational end. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 274LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Selected Defensive MVP of East-West Shrine Game and was a late addition to Senior Bowl roster. Played in all 24 games at Kentucky after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, where he was selected second-team NJCAA All-American in 2012. Grew up playing basketball and began playing football his senior season at Greenville High School (Ala.). Older brother, Bob Meeks, played center at Auburn and for Denver Broncos. Smith briefly played AAU basketball with Wildcats teammate Bud Dupree as youth.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.75 and 4.78 seconds
Vertical jump: 28 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.63 seconds



Linear build with well-defined upper body. Plays like his hair is on fire and is more than happy to mix it up with tackles in the trenches. Strong at the point of attack. Can stack and shed blockers using arm extension and power in hands. Will do the dirty work for a defense and is considered a good team-first player.


Can't bend and trim the edge in pass rush. Stiff hips with limited change of direction. Body is likely maxed out. Traits and athleticism unlikely to excite NFL teams. Not a plus athlete for the position. Didn't churn out consistent production. 4-3 power-end only and might not be a viable pass-rushing option on third down for some teams.

Draft Projection

Round 3 or 4

Sources Tell Us

"He will play hard for you and has a chance to be a tone-setter in camp, but I don't think he's going to be more than just a worker bee and depth player." -- AFC national scout

NFL Comparison

Anthony Weaver

Bottom Line

Effort-oriented power end with a willingness to battle and fight at the point of attack. He's not big enough to play end in a 3-4, so he'll have to become an above-average run thumper as a 4-3 power end.
-Lance Zierlein
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.