This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) brought you a ton of pre-combine profiles at each of the offensive skill positions. Now it’s time to get into our defensive players. Be sure to check out our NFL Draft Playlist on YouTube for all of our draft profiles.
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Nolan Smith – NFL Rookie Draft Profile
Height – 6’2″
Weight – 238 pounds
The 5-star recruit and combine darling returned from a pec injury that cut his 2022 season short. Smith has the skill set of a sideline-to-sideline type linebacker. He did show some ability to rush the passer but is definitely not where he will make his money. He had the following accolades during his time in Athens.
Preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defender)
Second-team pre-season All-America selection by Athlon Sports
Co-winner of Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Smith proved at the combine that he has the athleticism to excel at the next level.
Has the play recognition to be a great player against the run and in zone coverage.
He has shown he can handle pass coverage. He was the top-rated cover LB at Georgia.
He showed us flashes of getting pressure on the Quarterback but lacked the consistency we would like to see. Mostly because of injury this year.
Plays with quite a bit of aggression. Sometimes this gets the best of him, and he misjudges angles.
Eat a Sandwich?
Smith could stand to put some weight on, but this con is a little bit of a reach. His size didn’t affect his play strength in the SEC and likely won’t affect him at the next level.
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