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National Football League Draft Profile
D.J. Smith

TeamGreen Bay (DET)
Round6
Selection21 (186 overall)
PositionLinebacker
SchoolAppalachian State
YearSR
Born2/24/1989
Height5-11
Weight239
High SchoolIndependence (Charlotte, North Carolina)
2010 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List...2010 Butkus Award Watch List...2010 and 2009 All-America honors and First Team-All Southern Conference selection...2008 Second Team All-SoCon...In 2010, led SoCon and ranked fifth nationally with 144 total tackles, to go with 4.5 TFLs, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery...Finished career with 525 tackles, tops among all active Division I players (FBS or FCS) in 2010...Fourth-most careertackles in SoCon history...Compact, sturdy athlete...Great leverage...Good hands, can disengage from blockers on the second level...Shifty in tight spaces...Sound tackler, but not an explosive hitter...Can get overpowered by stronger backs and struggles to avoid blitz pickups...Adequate straight-line speed...Lacks preferred NFL length...Can lose sight of ball carrier in backfield due to insufficient height...Solid overall skill set should merit al ate-round pick.


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