Shaq Smith NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Shaq Smith NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • ACC
  • B1G
  • Big Ten
  • CGS
  • Clemson
  • Clemson Tigers
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • Draft
  • Draft Prospect
  • Linebacker
  • Maryland
  • Maryland Terrapins
  • NFl Draft
  • Prospect Profile
  • Scouting Report
  • Shaq Smith
  • Transfer
By Mitchell Wolfe February 22, 2021 0 Comment
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Shaq Smith is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Shaq Smith is a linebacker from Maryland and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Smith played in only one game with one defensive snap in the 2020 season. The year before, he played in 11 of 12 games with 10 starts.

During the 2019 season, Smith recorded 24 tackles (14 solos), 3.5 TFLS, 1 sack, and 4 passes defended. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith ranked 357th (20% snap minimum) among Edge defenders, as he played outside linebacker for Maryland. He earned an Overall grade of 63.3 (67.2 Run Defense, 80.8 Tackling, 58.7 Pass Rush, 60.2 Coverage).

Smith was one of the highest-rated recruits in Maryland but played most of his high school football at the prestigious IMG Academy. He committed to Clemson and redshirted his first year there in 2016. Smith played in every game for the Tigers the next two years, but with just over 200 defensive snaps. After helping Clemson win the national championship in 2018, he graduated and elected to transfer to Maryland. Eligible to play immediately, Smith doubled his career snap count and contributed greatly on the Terrapins’ defense.

In the NFL, Smith projects as an on-ball SAM linebacker that can contribute immediately on special teams. Smith is a very large linebacker, built in a mold that is somewhat going out of style in today’s NFL. But he is an excellent athlete for his size and plays surprisingly well in space. Smith is not the most effective pass rusher, but his extensive experience on special teams could earn him a roster spot.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Defensive Standouts

Scouting Capsule

Shaq Smith NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At the College Gridiron Showcase, Smith measured in at 6 feet and 3 1/8 inches (6031) and 252 pounds. His hands are 9″ and his arms were 33″. At Maryland, Smith was listed at 6’2″ and 245 pounds.

Highlights

College Gridiron Showcase Highlight Videos Courtesy of Bengals Brawl Host Josh Cavalcante.

Positives

  • Very good athleticism; great ability to change direction fluidly and quickly, comfortable playing in space
  • Solid in pass coverage, comfortable dropping into zones and reading the quarterback and receivers
  • Good hit power at the point of attack, willing to lay the lumber on ballcarriers in the box

Weaknesses

  • Generally an inconsistent player; could not cracking starting lineup at Clemson, then transferred
  • Despite his size, he does not have the pass-rushing acumen (use of hands)
  • Only one season of real production; why only one defensive snap and only one game in 2020?

NFL Comparison

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Brawl Network. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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