Roquan Smith

Georgia
LB

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Montezuma, GA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
236 lbs
32”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

6.74
Chance to Become Pro Bowl-Caliber Player
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 1 ‧ Pick 8
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One of the top high school recruits in the country (top 30 overall, second-ranked linebacker), Smith stayed in his home state of Georgia to play football after being named the Class AA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior. He played as a reserve his true freshman season (20 tackles, four for loss) before becoming a defensive leader in 2016. Smith played in all 13 games, starting 10, and leading the Bulldogs with 95 tackles (five for loss, one pass breakup).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Deion Jones
Overview
Smith is an ascending linebacker prospect with elite athletic ability, plus intelligence and an ability to be an effective cover linebacker on passing downs. While he's a little undersized, he does have the quickness and speed to keep himself from being mauled. He was good in 2016, but great in 2017 and projects as a player who hasn't tapped his full potential. Smith has Pro Bowl traits and talent and will come off the board in the first round.
Strengths
  • Former high school wideout with elite athletic ability
  • Speed demon who walks down backs looking to race him to the corner
  • Fluid and explosive in space
  • Block-slipper
  • Praised by his head coach as being a "tremendous leader" who holds himself accountable
  • Has instincts and football intelligence
  • Laser-sharp focus to finds the football when sifting through zone reads and jet sweeps
  • Plays with discipline
  • Senses when running backs are prepping for screen and fires downhill to stop it
  • Face-up tackler who sticks his nose in noise
  • Rare stop-start and change of direction talent
  • Flips pursuit from one target to the next seamlessly
  • Gets early bail into coverage against play-fake
  • Able to mirror and match against the most athletic running backs in coverage
  • Gets early jumps to join crossing routes and has the speed to carry them across the field
  • Searches out and squeezes receivers when playing zone
Weaknesses
  • Is a little undersized
  • Has to stay one step ahead of the blocking scheme or he can be engulfed by size
  • Will need to diagnose and trigger just a hair faster on the next level
  • Occasionally comes in hot rather than breaking down in space as a tackler
  • Will need more schooling on hand work when taking on blocks
  • Needs to do a better job of recognizing oncoming blocker in his periphery
  • Gets touched up by second level traffic and needs to continue to improve finding more efficient routes to the ball
Sources Tell Us

"Great player. Really fun to watch because he can get to just about any play on the field and he's only going to get better. You would love to play him inside but he may have to slide to WILL." -- AFC team personnel director

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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