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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Maason Smith, DT, LSU

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Maason Smith, DT, LSU
  • Name: Maason Smith
  • Number: #0
  • Position: Interior Defensive Lineman
  • College: LSU

Maason Smith is a great size for an interior lineman. He relies on his pure strength and athleticism to be able to make all kinds of plays. He excels mostly in his run defense but lacks consistency in pass rush. He moves his feet through contact and uses his pure strength to get a hand away from blockers and reel runners in. He is very aggressive, and it often allows him to get impatient and lunge at tackles, causing him to miss if the runner cuts.

He bites on fakes due to his aggressiveness and could use improvement in his patience. He loses balance often, especially when doubled in the center. He will reel ball carriers in with one arm and wrap them up. He is also a great open field tackler, as he doesn’t allow many carriers to get by him in open field.

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