High-End Starter Potential
At 6'3" and around 320 pounds, Smith is a large and powerful defender who is a force against the run. Smith has a quick first step and uses his strength and size to disrupt the interior of the offensive line. He's able to hold his ground against double teams, allowing his teammates to make plays around him. Smith also has the agility to pursue ball carriers and make tackles outside the tackle box. While Smith is a strong and powerful defender, he still has room for improvement in his technique and pass-rushing moves. He'll need to develop a more refined skill set to consistently generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks at the next level.
PLAYSTYLE & SCHEME FIT
In terms of scheme fit at the NFL level, Smith's size and strength make him best suited for a 3-4 defensive scheme as a nose tackle or a 4-3 scheme as a 3-technique defensive tackle. He has the ability to occupy blockers and collapse the pocket from the inside, and his mobility and athleticism also make him an effective pass rusher.