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Brandon Smith
Int Yds TDs
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Team: Penn State Nittany LionsHeight: 6-3 Born: N/A
Position: LBWeight: 241 Hometown: Louisa, Virginia
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

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4th Round

Overview: A highly recruited linebacker from the state of Virginia, Smith's college career was a relatively short one, but his athletic ability provided some great flashes. He played scarcely as a true freshman but took over the starting role in 2020 and found immediate success. While his production continued to climb as a junior, he's still a somewhat underdeveloped processor who will need to become more reliable from snap to snap.

Strengths: Impressive athlete who can flip his hips and explode out of turns with minimal wasted movement. Can hang with tight ends in coverage. Light on his feet. Smooth lateral mover who can slip past blocks. Plays with nice balance and won't get overwhelmed meeting contact. Wide tackle radius can bail him out in tough spots. Take-on ability against blockers is intriguing.

Weaknesses: Too often a tick late to identify the ball-carrier and adjust his path. Gets lost and thrown off course in the run game. Play strength isn't consistently on display. Instincts and pursuit angles haven't clicked yet. Ferrari athlete with a student driver mentality. Not efficient with using his hands to create separation and escape blocks. Inconsistent with keeping his chest clean. Tries to be a big hitter rather than a wrap-up tackler.

Pro Comp: Jacob Phillips, Cleveland Browns -- Big and long with developmental athletic traits, Phillips has gotten off to a slow start due to injuries, but his upside suggests a future starting job in Cleveland. Smith's quality frame and movement skills make him an interesting mid-rounder, but like Phillips he's still behind the eight ball in terms of learning how to maximize his tools.


Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2019 PSU  13 0
2020 PSU  9 1
2021 PSU  12 0 0 0
Career   34 1