Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith Scouting Report

Name
Marcus Smith
Height
6031
Weight
251
School
Louisville
Position 1
Defensive End
Position 2
Rush Linebacker
40 time
4.68
Arm/Hand Length
34  | 10
Games Watched
2013 [Rutgers, Connecticut, Miami, South Florida, Temple]
2012 [South Florida, Cincinnati, Florida]
Positives
Good combination of size and speed. Fluid and smooth in space. Lined up in several formations [DE, DT, 9T, OLB] and was effective. Great first step with good length and initial punch. Large, heavy hands. Several moves in skill set. Disruptive and good production.
Critical Factors [1-9 Scale]
PRODUCTION 7.25
MENTAL ALERTNESS 7.25
COMPETITIVENESS 7.5
ATHLETIC ABILITY 7.5
CONSISTENCY 7
DURABILITY 7.25
STRENGTH 7.25
TOUGHNESS 7
BIG PLAY ABILITY 7.5
LEADERSHIP 7.25
CHARACTER 7.5
Negatives
Needs to clean up technique in run game. Struggles against longer linemen in the run game, will struggle to disengage. Has shown to run himself out of plays. Inconsistent tracking of tight ends. He did have a number of unblocked sacks, inflated overall production.
POSITION SPECIFICS
PURSUIT 7.5
TACKLING 7
 HAND USE 6.75
BURST 7.25
SPEED RUSH 7.5
POWER RUSH 7
HITTING 7
READS 7
AWARENESS 7.25
   
   
   
   

 

 

Overall
Marcus Smith will enter draft season as one of the top tweener prospects who has shown he can play in multiple defenses. Good size and speed, with length, who has also showed fluidity in space. Can’t be typecast or pigeonholed into one position or role. Needs to work on pass rush and run defense technique. As a former High School Quarterback, needs to continue to get snaps and develop at the next level.
 

 

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