By: Steve Johnson
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
6’0 7/8″ 236. 32″ arms, 10″ hands
4.51 40, vert, broad jump
2015: 10 games. 20 tackles, 1.5 TFL,
2016: 13 games. 95 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 FF, 1 FR
2017: 15 games. 137 tackles, 14 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR
Accolades: 2017 Dick Butkus Award Winner, 2017 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, 2017 All-American, 2017 First-Team All-SEC, 2017 SEC Championship Game MVP
History: Four Star Recruit out of Macon County High School, Smith originally committed to UCLA before signing with UGA. Played some WR in high school.
Strengths: Uber athletic, very Fluid runner (former WR). Quarterback of the defense, team captain, good leader. Smart, reads the play before it happens. Understands linemen blocking assignments and diagnoses where the play is designed to go. Elite agility, acceleration, and anticipation. A tackling machine, can chase down both backs and receivers. Rarely makes mental mistakes in reading runs and routes.
Weaknesses: Undersized, could get eaten up by blockers. Can disappear in tight quarters with the big boys. Could benefit from playing behind some good defensive tackles, to free him up. Could do a better job breaking down.
Overview: Smith is an elite linebacker prospect. He has the speed, quickness, and smarts to excel day one in the NFL. He projects best as a MIKE in a 4-3, but could see him playing WILL as well. He still has some learning to do when he takes on blocks. His best football is still ahead of him.
Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.8