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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: LB KEITH SMITH, SAN JOSE STATE

Brigham Young San Jose State Football

SCHOOL: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (Mountain West Conference)

NUMBER: 31     POSITION: LINEBACKER     HEIGHT: 6’1

WEIGHT: 230lbs     YEAR: SENIOR

 

Turn on the defensive film on San Jose State and you will notice that the best player on the field is without a doubt, linebacker Keith Smith (6’1 230lbs). The leadership, aggressiveness and play making ability make Smith a draft diamond. He may not get lots of publicity due to how the year is going in San Jose, but when you average 17 tackles a game (71 tackles through 4 games) the public will take notice.

His instincts are rare and cannot be taught. He may lack effectiveness in pass coverage but it is on the coaching staff to design schemes around that. He meets blockers and sheds the block to make the play. This is key because you do not want your middle linebacker avoiding contact or trying to get around blocks because this in turn blocks themselves, every step counts. BLESTO has him ranked the #16 linebacker prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft class but that number is sure to rise if he continues to play with a nose for the football.

PROS
Durable
Initiates contact
Sound defensive techniques
Instinct
Can watch the ball & read blocking

CONS
Size (Could add bulk)
Pass coverage
Speed

 

Derek Hawkridge @DHawk_19

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