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Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star LB Roquan Smith

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 25, 2014

Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star LB Roquan Smith

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    Roquan Smith is a dynamic 4-star linebacker who knows how to attack from the second level. In a national class full of defensive standouts, Smith is among the top defenders in the country.

    The Georgia native has a number of schools after him, as he has a chance to be a cornerstone player in college. Although he has a great skill set now, Smith will only get better in college.

    He warrants a more in-depth look as a prospect.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Roquan Smith?

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    Hailing from Georgia, Smith is a linebacker who plays for Macon County High School. He is a known commodity in the Peach State who offenses must game-plan for.

    Smith has earned an invitation to The Opening in July, per 247Sports. He also figures to be invited to play in several post-season all-star games in the winter.

    A 4-star recruit, Smith is No. 76 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 85 in the Rivals 250 and No. 86 in the Scout 300

Roquan Smith's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'2" and 205 pounds, Smith is a speedy linebacker who plays with tremendous range. He is at his best when is he is protected by big defensive tackles up front who keep offensive linemen off of him.

    However, although he can beat blockers across the field, Smith doesn't back down from anyone at the point of attack. He has deceptive strength and an explosive strike to blockers who challenge him, and he can shed with quickness.

    At the snap, if Smith sees the ball clearly, he has terrific short-area quickness to reach the ball-carrier in a hurry. He shuffles well laterally, plus he does a good job pursuing the ball sideline to sideline. 

    An athletic defender, Smith has loose hips and agility to easily buzz back into coverage. His speed lets him run with running backs and tight ends, and he's not afraid to make a play for the ball.

    Smith projects best as a middle or outside 'backer in a 4-3 scheme. 

Roquan Smith's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Although he has a nice frame, Smith's lack of size at just 205 pounds is a concern. He has good strength, but he still needs to add more bulk to help him hold up versus bigger opposition in college.

    His vision can be inconsistent, as Smith can be fooled at times with misdirection. Offenses can take advantage of his speed by having Smith run his way out of his plays, plus he needs to improve his awareness and route-recognition skills in zone coverage.

Roquan Smith's Junior Highlights

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    Here are highlights from Smith's junior season at Macon County. He can be seen making plays on defense and offense. Smith displays his solid ball skills on a few clips, plus his speed is shown all throughout the tape.

Additional Highlights of Roquan Smith

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    This is another set of highlights featuring Smith. He has a great deal of explosiveness, which is one of the first athletic traits evaluators look for. He has a chance to be a similar player to Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Predictions

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    Smith is favoring Georgia, Auburn and Florida, according to 247Sports. The Tigers and Gators will put up a fight, but the Bulldogs will come out on top.

    It is in Athens where Smith will develop into a star. He'll be the fastest linebacker the Dawgs have had since Alec Ogletree, and he will be an All-SEC performer twice in his career.

    Smith told the following to Ethan Burch of Scout.com on April 8 regarding Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt:

    "He's trying to bring in some of the top players for the defense. He needs the fast guys like he had at Florida State to get the defense at top-tier."

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

     

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