Andre Smith NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

North Carolina's Andre Smith (56) tackles North Carolina State's Nyheim Hines (7) during the first half an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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POSITIVES

—Will hit everything that moves.

—Efficient tackler who made play after play in 2016.

—Short and squatty frame that handles contact well.

—Good vision to read through gaps at line of scrimmage as plays develop.

—Handles power at the point of attack well and can out-leverage in gaps.

        

NEGATIVES

—Knee injury ended 2017 season after just two games.

—Doesn't run like a traditional three-down linebacker.

—Length and speed will become an issue in man coverage against average tight ends in the NFL.

—Lower-body strength is underwhelming; can't dig in when he doesn't win immediate leverage.

—Limited on-field experience.

       

OVERALL

Andre Smith's season-ending knee injury will give teams pause when trying to project him to the NFL. With only one year of consistent tape, he's an unfinished prospect. Nonetheless, Smith has no fear of contact and will stick his nose in every play. Teams will love his hard-hitting aggressiveness and may feel comfortable living with his limited athleticism

       

GRADE: 5.65 (Round 5-6)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Mason Foster, Washington Redskins

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