|National Football League Draft Profile|
|Brian Smith |
|School||Notre Dame |
|High School||St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kansas)|
|2010 Butkus Award Watch List member...Tallied 200 career tackles, including 17 TFLs, six sacks and four interceptions...Started all 12 games in 2009, racking up 71 tackles and 5.5 TFLs...Appeared in 13 games in 2010, starting five, to finish with 50 total tackles...Versatile defender who spent time in multiple linebacker positions during career at Notre Dame...Sound, sturdy frame...Able to engage and stack tight ends or offensive lineman on the interior...High football IQ and instincts...Anticipates the ball carriers' next step...Solid tackler...Explosive first step and adept pass rusher off the edge...Has trouble shedding blocks...Clumsy in space...Has difficulty changing direction...Has trouble shedding blockers once engaged...Saw playing time limited during senior season...Likely a special teams, reserve contributor at the next level.|
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