Photo of Terrance Smith

Combine Results

5.23 ?
  • 4.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 235LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Smith's father, Terry, was a star receiver at Clemson and the story of his passing will be discussed often going into the draft. But scouts only really care about the abilities of the young man who earned second-team All-ACC accolades in 2014 (87 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two interceptions) on the outside by using his height and length to attack plays in the backfield and to the sideline. Terrance also has experience playing the middle for the Seminoles. Smith missed four games with an ankle injury in 2015, but league media still gave him honorable mention notice for his play (65 tackles, 4.5 for loss).

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds
Vertical: 32 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.89 seconds
3-cone: 7.14 seconds



Long linebacker with very good athletic ability. Lowers pad level to improve leverage when taking on blockers. Instinctive and responsible in his play against the run. Won’t usually over-­pursue and takes quality angles to the ball making adjustments for blockers and running back speed. Plays with outstanding pursuit speed and looks at home when he’s chasing. Can range from sideline to sideline. Closing burst gives him potential as a blitzer. Showed resilience coming back to play at a high level after missing time due to high ankle sprain. Football bloodlines. Father was a standout receiver at Clemson and DeAndre Hopkins is his cousin.


Frame might be too thin to play inside. Plays upright after the snap hovering towards the ball rather than aggressively scraping. Needs to be better at playing with squared pads. Waits on second level rather than attacking downhill. Had relatively low number of tackles for losses during his time with Seminoles. Very little bang behind his pads. Wildly inconsistent tackler with 24 missed tackles over last two years. Drifts in coverage and doesn’t play with same instincts he shows against run. Had no passes defensed this year. Took medical redshirt in 2011, missed two games with neck injury in 2014 and four games this year with high ankle sprain.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Telvin Smith

Bottom Line

Tall linebacker who could play inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4­-3. Smith has the chase speed to be a factor all over the field, but the production doesn’t match up with the athleticism. Smith doesn’t have the play strength to consistently finish as a tackler and he shows a surprising lack of tackles for loss considering his speed and the defensive linemen he has played behind. As a former sprinter and jumper in high school, Smith should star at the combine which could get him drafted ahead of where his production says he should go.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster