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.