PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
As a pass rusher, Smith is a smart defender. He knows when and how to deploy a counter move while rushing the passer; he understands leverage and can win with speed and power. At the NFL level, Smith must work on diversifying his hand usage. At this point, he is an undersized player who will need to refine his game at the NFL level. As mentioned already, he understands when to deploy speed to power. Still, at the NFL level, he can be neutralized by tackles who can absorb his strength, and tackles with elite-level lateral quickness and flexion can cancel his speed.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
As a run defender, Smith is elite. NFL teams will not draft a guy top ten based on his ability to defend in the run game, but Smith might be the exception. He is considered lean for his position, but don't be fooled. He possesses a dense frame that he uses to leverage and get underneath a blocker. His downhill explosiveness and lateral quickness will be an asset at the NFL level, where setting the edge in the run game can be paramount.
Smith is an edge player with excellent athleticism for his position. in high school, he reportedly ran a 4.5 40 and posted a near 40in vertical, which correlates to his elite first step and downhill explosiveness. Smith also possesses elite lateral quickness for his position. He has good power for an edge defender his size at 6-3, 235lbs. Smith likes to place a blocker in conflict. He can bend a tackle wide with speed, use his quick twitch ability to freeze the blocker, and then attack his weakest leverage on his way to the QB. Smith's athleticism allows him to play in coverage as needed.