LB- Roquan Smith 8.06


Scout- Cody Manning


College: Georgia


Height: 6'0"


Weight: 235 lbs


40-Time: 4.51


Bench: N/A


Vertical: N/A




Athleticism: 8.42

Q.A.B./C.O.D. 8.50 His agility allows him to move around blockers with ease and uses his quickness to close space.  Flexibility 8.00 Smith does a great job at keeping his knees bent so he can explode in the direction he wants to go.  Explosiveness 8.00 Once Smith sees where he wants to go, he explodes to the ball carrier to make the tackle.  Playing Speed 9.00 Smith is one of the fastest defenders on his team’s defense and plays at a high speed.  Coordination 8.00 He uses athletic abilities to his advantage to help him be in the right place to make the play.  Position Versatility 9.00 I believe he can play at all three linebacker spots but would be better served at MLB


Pass Rush Ability: 7.00

Initial Quickness 8.50 He has some elite speed that allows him to explode towards the quarterback and get pass the blockers with ease.  Rush with Leverage 6.00 He doesn’t use any leverage to his advantage and will typically lean on his speed.  Pass Rush Moves 5.00 As previously mentioned, he depends on his speed to get the quarterback. No pass rush moves.  Pressure/Sack Consistency 8.50 Because of his elite speed, he can get pressure on the QB and finds himself getting sacks.


Coverage: 8.13

Pass Drops 8.50 He does a great job at back peddling and shuffling his feet to get back into coverage.  Coverage Awareness 8.00 He keeps his head on a swivel and is aware of receivers entering his zone area.  M/M Coverage 7.50 Smith played a lot of zone but his speed allows him to keep up with most RBs and TE  Zone Coverage 8.50 He seems like a natural in zone coverage and is comfortable going back into it.


Against The Run: 8.00

Play with Leverage 7.00 Smith doesn’t use leverage to his advantage which could be attributed to his small build.  Stack and Shed 7.00 He struggles if a blocker gets their hands on him first and can get taken out of a play.  Run at Him 8.50 If he is free he will run through the runner to make the tacker. He attacks the ball.  Runs Away 8.50 His quickness allows him to close space and force the tackle.  Tackling/Hitting 9.00 He is a hard hitter. He will wrap up any runner that he can get his hands on.


Competitiveness: 8.67

Toughness 8.50 Very tough player and brings his best every play. Even if he loses, he will come hard the next play.  Production 8.50 He constantly finds himself around the ball, he makes tackles, and gets pressure when rushing the QB  Consistency/Motor 9.00 He keeps his motor going at all times which allows him to be all over the field making plays.


Intelligence: 8.17

Instincts 8.50 Smith is naturally instinctive at reading plays and finding his way to the ball carrier.  Learn/Retain 8.00 He showed the ability to learn from what the team does earlier in the game to not get beat by it again.  Concentration 8.00 Smith showed that he can’t be easily fooled and finds himself with his eyes on the ball at all times.


STRENGTHS

He is very instinctive at finding the ball carrier and once he does he explodes towards the runner. He has elite speed for a linebacker which allows him to close the space and make the tackle. He always tries to run through the runner to make the tackle. He is very physical when it comes to making the tackle. Georgia used their linebackers in zone coverage so he seemed like a natural at times falling back into coverage and reading the Quarterback. He also can be disruptive in the passing game when he is sent on a blitz, his speed allows him to run by blockers, and get pressure on the Quarterback to get the sack, or force the throw.


WEAKNESSES

Smith is a natural at the linebacker spot, with his quickness and agility, he should be able to transfer over to the next level. His elite athletic ability allows him to go back into coverage and keep up with anyone he may cover in man to man. He is an effective run stopper, once he sees the ball carrier he explodes, and covers the ground to make the tackle in a hurry. He is a sideline to sideline defender that can be depended on in stopping the run. He will want to add size to his small frame, because he can be easily blocked out of the play if a strong blocker gets their hands on him. He will need to develop moves in order to get by blockers so he isn’t always depending on his speed to get around blockers to make the tackle. I believe he can play all three linebacker positions, but because of his lack of pass rush moves, I think he would be better suited at the MLB position. He is a high motor guy that a coach would love to have on his team. He is always trying to find his way to the ball. He reminds me of Lavonte David because of his athleticism and his ability to be all over the field to make the play. He is a Top-15 player in this draft.


BIG PICTURE

Smith is a natural at the linebacker spot, with his quickness and agility, he should be able to transfer over to the next level. His elite athletic ability allows him to go back into coverage and keep up with anyone he may cover in man to man. He is an effective run stopper, once he sees the ball carrier he explodes, and covers the ground to make the tackle in a hurry. He is a sideline to sideline defender that can be depended on in stopping the run. He will want to add size to his small frame, because he can be easily blocked out of the play if a strong blocker gets their hands on him. He will need to develop moves in order to get by blockers so he isn’t always depending on his speed to get around blockers to make the tackle. I believe he can play all three linebacker positions, but because of his lack of pass rush moves, I think he would be better suited at the MLB position. He is a high motor guy that a coach would love to have on his team. He is always trying to find his way to the ball. He reminds me of Lavonte David because of his athleticism and his ability to be all over the field to make the play. He is a Top-15 player in this draft.

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