2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Georgia LB Roquan Smith


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-1

Weight: 236

College: Georgia

Class: Junior


TRAITS BREAKDOWN


INSTINCTS/RECOGNITION (19/20)

  • Very instinctive — always around the ball
  • Great play recognition — reads his keys and diagnoses plays quickly
  • Disciplined defender — doesn’t bite on RPOs and play-action fakes; knows assignment and maintains run fits
  • Makes defensive calls and helps teammates get set

SPEED/RANGE (20/20)

  • Fantastic sideline-to-sideline range (4.51 speed)
  • Covers a ton of ground in a short amount of time
  • Great at chasing down plays to the perimeter
  • Fluid hips allow for easy change-of-direction

BLOCK-SHEDDING/TAKE-ON SKILLS/BLOCK EVASION (15/20)

  • Less-than-ideal take-on skills — lacks strength at the point of attack to defend against inside runs when blockers get their hands on him
  • Can get engulfed/overwhelmed by bigger, stronger offensive linemen
  • Can get pushed around by tight ends in the run game
  • Great at avoiding blockers and slipping blocks, especially on outside runs
  • Better fit for 4-3 WILL as opposed to 4-3 MIKE?

TACKLING (15/15)

  • Very sound and sure tackler (137 total tackles with just 1 missed tackle in 2017 per PFF)
  • Typically breaks down and secures tackles
  • Takes great pursuit angles to the ball-carrier

COVERAGE ABILITY (12/15)

  • Good feel in zone coverage
  • Small sample size vs. man coverage, but showed he could cover tight ends up the seam and RBs on swing patterns out of the backfield

BLITZ (4/5)

  • Great at shooting gaps or blitzing off the edge
  • Doesn’t have knockback power to bull rush offensive linemen

MOTOR (5/5)

  • Consistently displays great hustle to the ball-carrier whether plays get to the side of him or behind him

VERDICT


NFL COMPARISON: Lavonte David

GRADE: 90.00/100.00 — TOP 10 — ELITE; perennial Pro Bowler with All-Pro potentialimage (9)

 

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