Andre Smith

North Carolina
ILB

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina
Hometown
Class
Jacksonville, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
237 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 7 ‧ Pick 16
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Coming off an excellent sophomore season, Smith looked to become of the top linebackers in all of college football in 2017. He started the first two games of the year, racking up 21 tackles and an interception, but suffered a season-ending knee injury against Louisville in week two. Despite that, Smith decided he would move on to the next level instead of risking another injury in college. Scouts were impressed with his 2016 play, where he started 12 of 13 games played, compiling 113 tackles, six for loss, and three pass breakups. Smith was a top-20 inside linebacker recruit out of Florida when arriving at UNC, and appeared in all 14 games as a reserve at Sam and Mike (53 tackles, two for loss, one interception, one forced fumble).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Marquel Lee
Overview
Two-down inside linebacker with a severe case of thumps who looks to impose his will against ball carriers as often as possible. Smith's lack of speed, athleticism and cover skills could hurt his draft stock, but his history as a consistent tackler and willing banger gives him a good chance to make a team no matter where he is drafted.
Strengths
  • Throwback toughness at the position
  • Lives to bang
  • Can anchor in hole to constrict run lane
  • Quick to play off blocks
  • Tackles with fundamentals
  • Plays with late lateral shuffle to keep tackle attempts squared up
  • Thumps and wraps and ends downhill runs on contact
  • Every tackle is a challenge to his opponents' toughness
  • Sifts from gap to gap to keep runner mirrored
  • Good recognition of blocking schemes and is ready for cutback lanes against inside zone
  • Gets defense lined up
  • Adequate instincts against the run
Weaknesses
  • Coming off of season-ending knee injury
  • Tight-hipped and plays a little straight-legged in space
  • Struggles to put on the brakes when washed down by angle blocks
  • Flexibility and agility are below average
  • Average reactive athleticism
  • Lacks desired speed to play sideline to sideline football on next level
  • Slow to diagnose and respond to play-action fakes
  • Lacks man cover talent on passing downs
  • May be forced off the field in passing situations

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GRADE
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