Roquan Smith declares for draft

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One of the best players on the University of Georgia team that came up just short of winning a national championship in Atlanta last week has decided to move on to the NFL.

Linebacker Roquan Smith announced on Monday that he will give up his remaining eligibility in order to enter this year’s draft.

“As you know this is somewhat of a crossroads for me,” Smith said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve had discussions with coaches and family and a lot of thought and prayer. The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one. Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue to reach higher goals in the years to come.”

Smith was a consensus All-America in 2017, won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and was named the SEC defensive player of the year. He’s expected to be an early pick in April

16 responses to “Roquan Smith declares for draft

  1. So many talented juniors declaring for the draft. Just about every one of these guys are going to make it in the NFL, or they wouldn’t be coming out. College coaches don’t like NFL scouts sniffing around their underclassmen, so this is really the most important time for scouts.

  2. Chargers desperately need this guy to fix their ILB shortcomings and horrible tackling issues. Unfortunately he wont last till pick #17.

  3. He will measure 6ft and hass shown issues with false steps and a issue with shedding blockers. Side line to side line speed off thed charts. Adequate situational pass rusher, not a great run hole stuffer.

  4. Not BuyingIt says:
    He will measure 6ft and hass shown issues with false steps and a issue with shedding blockers. Side line to side line speed off thed charts. Adequate situational pass rusher, not a great run hole stuffer.
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    Thanks for the draft analysis Kiper.

  5. I’d love to see Smith playing right next to Rueben Foster. Would be the makings of a nice LB tandem. If Rueben just starts to use his head and know better then to be riding around burning tree in Alabama.

  6. I’d be surprised if he makes it past the Packers. Heck TO the Packers.

    They’d love his side to side speed I think. Our own Brian Urlacher.

  7. waynefontesismyfather says:
    January 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Not BuyingIt says:
    He will measure 6ft and hass shown issues with false steps and a issue with shedding blockers. Side line to side line speed off thed charts. Adequate situational pass rusher, not a great run hole stuffer.
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    Thanks for the draft analysis Kiper.
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    You said nothing to refute the opinion. His tape vs Alabama should have teams worried. His height will do him in, that and he looks 220ish. MLB or ILB will be reaching. But your cute little one liner is good for the peanut gallery.

  8. ^his tape vs alabama? Do you understand football at all or did you watch the game?

    The man demolished alabama and I’m a diehard alabama guy that has no life and watched the game 4 times. He looks 245 and plays like his 210. He made a hell of a play in man coverage on third and 3 where he went over the top of the pick route and stuffed Big Bo for a one yard gain (if he went under it was a touchdown because he had no help oj the back end). Later he saved a touched down late in the 4th by tracked down Harris (getting off a block). His speed was seen again on special teams by hawking the right now hero in minnesotas brother Diggs on a return, again saving a touchdown.

    He was the most dominant defender the Alabama offense faced all year and that includes derwin james and arden key.

  9. Jarvis Jones.
    That is who Smith reminds me of.
    Jones is/was a major BUST in the long line of UGA LB busts in the NFL..hell most SEC players turn out to be major busts.

  10. It’s time for the NFL to finally announce the results the PSI measurements that they collected during the 2015 NFL season. Then the NFL can then make amends for when 31 teams cheated the patriots in 2 consecutive NFL drafts by stealing draft picks from the patriots. The NFL also forced Brady miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    Once everyone sees the PSI report they will understand that footballs always drop PSI when it’s cold…everyone will then understand that the NFL is being fair when the NFL awards the patriots the 1st and 2nd picks in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

  11. his tape vs alabama? Do you understand football at all or did you watch the game?

    The man demolished alabama and I’m a diehard alabama guy that has no life and watched the game 4 times. He looks 245 and plays like his 210. He made a hell of a play in man coverage on third and 3 where he went over the top of the pick route and stuffed Big Bo for a one yard gain (if he went under it was a touchdown because he had no help oj the back end). Later he saved a touched down late in the 4th by tracked down Harris (getting off a block). His speed was seen again on special teams by hawking the right now hero in minnesotas brother Diggs on a return, again saving a touchdown.

    He was the most dominant defender the Alabama offense faced all year and that includes derwin james and arden key.

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    He also struggled once the guard got on him. He had a few plays where he took false steps. He is not 245 and he isn’t 6’1. He’s a beefed up Strong Safety playing ILB/MLB. I mentioned side line to sideline is his game. He’s a chaser+. Good athlete.

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