Another day, and another report of an Outside Linebacker draft prospect scheduling a visit with the Redskins. Lousiville's Marcus Smith joins a growing list of defensive players that have visited or have visits scheduled with the Redskins before the draft. Smith, 22, was recruited as a quarterback out of high school, but was converted to linebacker at Louisville and started right away. Last season Smith had 42 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 14.5 sacks, 4 FFs, 2 fumble recoveries, and 3 batted balls.
Smith is rated as a 2nd-3rd round prospect right now, and CBS Sports has him ranked as their #81 prospect. If the Redskins are looking for an insurance policy for Brian Orakpo, they are probably looking at someone that slips into the 3rd round or later. The number of candidates they are looking at could be tipping their hand, or just another predraft smokescreen. One thing that is certain is that the Redskins need help on defense. With a franchised Orakpo, a Vet minimum deal for Rob Jackson, and a developing Brandon Jenkins, there are question marks at the OLB position for this season and in the future.
Marcus Smith tells us that he is currently in a Hotel in Washington on a visit with the @Redskins— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 15, 2014