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Prospect Profile: Georgia LB Roquan Smith

Roquan Smith

Linebacker| Georgia| Junior

Height:6-foot-1 | Weight: 236 pounds

College Stats

2017: started all 15 games at linebacker, helping Georgia advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship; recorded 137 total tackles (85 solo) with 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks; added one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries with two pass breakups; named a unanimous All-American by multiple outlets; won Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; named SEC Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-SEC selection by coaches and media

Career: played in 40 games in his college career, starting 25 of them; recorded 252 total tackles (146 solo) with 20.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks; added three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries with three pass breakups; named a unanimous All-American by multiple outlets; won Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; named SEC Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-SEC selection by coaches and media

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds (second among linebackers)

Bench press: did not participate

Broad jump: did not participate

Vertical jump: did not participate

3-cone drill: did not participate

20-yard shuttle: did not participate

60-yard shuttle: did not participate

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Profile

Summary:Smith played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2015, eventually blossoming into one of the nation's top linebackers. He helped elevate the Bulldogs to the national title game this past season. Smith capped off his junior season with a plethora of awards, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote Smith's athleticism enables him to be a "speed demon who walks down backs looking to race him to the corner" and "fluid and explosive in space." Zierlein also noted that Smith was praised by his head coach [Kirby Smart] as being a 'tremendous leader' who holds himself accountable."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Smith as his top inside linebacker, noting he "flashes a combination of athleticism, instincts and attack skills that could make him a star in an attack-style defense." ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr., had Smith in the top overall spot in his December rankings. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock listed Smith as his second overall linebacker before and after the combine.

Homegrown talent: Smith is a Georgia native who was named Class AA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Macon County High School, which is less than 150 miles from the University of Georgia.

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