Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Marcus Smith, DE

Andy Lyons

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 draft.

Marcus Smith

Defensive End

Height: 6'3"  Weight: 252 lbs

Louisville

Strengths: Smith has a good first move off the line and does not quit until the whistle blows.  He is wide-bodied and strong and had a very productive senior season with 14.5 sacks.  His athleticism would allow him to fit in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.  He has acute field awareness and will reach up to bat balls down when he doesn't get to the quarterback in time.  He is also a very solid tackler and instinctually tries to strip the ball in the process.

Weaknesses: He has a good first move, but not a great one, and while he has a great motor, he can get held up at the line easier than scouts would like.  For an athletic player, he has average straight line speed.  He will need to focus on developing his pass rushing repertoire and get more experience in pass coverage if he ends up on a 3-4 team.

Bottom Line: Smith will likely be able to contribute on passing downs right away when he can simply be unleashed from the end spot, but has more developing to do if he wants to be an every down player.  His attitude and voracity on the field is contagious, though, and he will be a valuable addition to an NFL defense as he develops.

Projected Round: 3-4

Team He Fits Best On: Redskins, Bills, Cowboys, Texans

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