Hello guys and welcome to another installment of "Future of the Franchise" last time I did OG Gabe Jackson of Mississippi St. here is the link: http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/9/24/4766668/future-of-the-franchise-gabe-jackson-og-mississippi-st
Its been awhile since my last article but I felt that I was writing them too quickly and I wanted to take a break and wait till the college season developed more. it was a good thing I did because a lot of players' stock went up and some went down. this time, I will be doing a player that has risen his stock dramatically all the way up from the fourth round to the second round and is now being called the second best pure pass rusher behind Jadaveon Clowney. Ladies and Gentleman. I give you. Chris Smith.
games played: 36
Tackles for loss: 29
Projected round: 2
Position rank: 5
I gotta say, the more I watched this kid play, the more I liked him. He has a lost of fight and has mastered the art of sacking the quarterback. when I watch this kid, he seals off the edge very well and gets behind the tackles very quickly. with other players such as jadaveon clowney, trent murphy, and stephon tuitt, it's easy to see why there wasn't much talk about this kid. This is why I hate clowney (dont get me wrong he is very talented and should be a top 5 pick) he is so hyped, he takes the hype away from other players that deserve it. Smith is a very productive Pass rusher and is currently one of the few pass rushers in the SEC that is actually producing at a consistent level.
Chris Smith came to Arkansas as a red-shirt freshman in 2010, where he totaled only 3 tackles and a pass break up. It wasn't until 2011 where he was a full time starter. He played all 13 games of the season and made 31 tackles, 6.0 for loss with 3.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. His tackles for loss total was the fourth-highest on the team. He made a career-high six tackles, including 1.0 for loss in his start at No. 3 Alabama and had sacks against Alabama and No. 11 Kansas St.
In 2012, he increased his production above and beyond what he did last year. Smith started all 12 games and was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. His tackles for loss total was the seventh-highest single-season output in school history. His average of 0.79 sacks per game ranked fourth in the SEC and 25th in the NCAA. he was named Defensive lineman of the week against opponents Tulsa and Jacksonville St. and had sacks against LSU, South Carolina, Auburn, Ole' Miss, Mississippi St., Tulsa, and Jacksonville St. By the end of the year only Jadaveon Clowney and Chris Smith in the SEC had 9.0 sacks or more in 2012.
Now in 2013 with playing only 5 games, he is on pace of breaking his numbers from last year. Chris Smith currently has 16 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. Smith is having a very strong season and if he continues to impress and increase his stock he could be drafted early 2nd or maybe late first round.
Here are the scouting reports:
by perter smith at withthefirstpick.com
The Razorback senior has long arms and some decent functional strength when he is able to generate momentum. He can accelerate well and shows pretty good speed at times while being pretty nimble.
Smith has shown he can jump the snap and fire off of the ball before the opponent does, giving him a significant advantage. Smith’s first step is excellent and he gets a good initial burst. He can get up to speed in only a few steps and his ability to attack with his first step is a big part of that, allowing him to attack the edge or shoot the gap.
Smith has a few different moves he will use to take on and beat blocks but he is just a slippery player in general. He possesses long arms and seems to be able to keep offensive tackles frustrated by how well he can prevent them from getting into his body at times, which makes it so he can get off of the block. Smith really likes to use a rip move that allows him to bend around the edge and flatten out to the quarterback, which is how he gets some of his production. He will also go up the field hard, get the offensive tackle to go too far and get caught leaning, then cut underneath to get pressure
As a pass rusher, This is where Smith is at his best. When he can jump the snap, he can be deadly attacking up the field or shooting gaps to get to the quarterback. He is slippery and keeps fighting to make plays, has good closing speed and does not miss when he has opportunities to get the sack. Smith plays with pretty good pad level and usually does not look like he is doing much while ending up with a decent amount of pressure. He is able to keep opponents guessing because he is willing to commit to attack inside and right at them. Smith is at his best comfortable when he can race up the field, try to bend around and get to the quarterback
Chris Smith would better be suited as a 4-3 Defensive end or a 3-4 OLB