Name: Jordan Smith
Overall Rank: No. 87 overall
Position Rank: EDGE14
Strengths: A transfer from Butler Community College to UAB, Smith made the most of his chances and was a dominant force at the C-USA level for two seasons. He’s a long-levered edge-rusher with a massive frame that could be filled out with more mass. His quickness and length make it very difficult for blockers to get inside his pads. Smith is a naturally gifted athlete who can dip, shake and bend at the edge. His burst and balance are very impressive. And it’s worth noting that he’s been very productive without having great tools in terms of technique. Once those are coached up, he could blossom into a special player.
Weaknesses: Smith was suspended indefinitely by the University of Florida in 2017 after allegedly being involved in credit card fraud. He pleaded no contest and received two years probation. A lack of on-field strength is the major issue for Smith as a pass-rusher. He’s too easily knocked off his spot if he doesn’t land the first punch to create separation. His inability to break free from blocks with his hands likely puts him in a situational pass-rush role until his technique can be improved.
What I Love: Smith has loads of potential to his game and could become such a talented pass-rusher if he can learn better hand use and add some strength. His quickness, length and raw speed are jaw-dropping.
NFL Comparison: Barkevious Mingo
Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: ++
Pass Rush Power: +
Pass Rush Speed: ++
Run Support: -