Marcus Smith ready to hear his name called

Former University of Louisville football player Marcus Smith is hoping to hear his name called on the first night of the NFL Draft. Smith is expected to be drafted late in the first round or sometime in the second round. Cardinal Authority spoke with Smith about the process.

Former University of Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith is throwing a party for his family and friends this weekend in Louisville.

Smith isn't sure what night the party will end, but he's expecting to have a lot of reasons to celebrate.

Projected as a late-first or second round draft pick, Smith is also going through graduation ceremonies on Saturday at U of L. He's graduating with a major in communications.

"The whole process has been great for me," Smith said. "I met with pretty much all of the teams in the league. I'm just waiting to see if my name is going to be called.

"I keep thinking about what am I going to do. Am I going to cry? Am I going to scream? Am I going to yell? I really can't express it because all of my dreams are about to come true."

Smith has seen his name soar up draft boards. He said he "feels like a lot of teams like me, I've heard a lot of good things."

As a senior, Smith was named Defensive Player of the Year in the AAC. He had 15 sacks for 115 yards in losses, 19 tackles for loss for minus 124 yards, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles as a senior.

The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Smith played in the Senior Bowl and was moved to the linebacker position. Since then he's been working at defensive end and linebacker and that's when he said his stock started to rise, noting that "they see I can play both positions."

"I have gotten both tastes when it comes to teams coming in and working me out," he said. "I think I have the whole package. I don't have a preference. I told teams, if you just want me to run down on kickoffs that's what I will do.

"I just want to be that person they can put anywhere and I will contribute."

Smith had the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash time - a 4.68 seconds - and the eight-best broad jump of the defensive linemen at the NFL scouting combine. He also had a vertical jump of 35 inches.

"I always tell teams that I first bring a winning attitude and a winning attitude in the locker room," he said. "I am going to be someone you can count on. I want to be one of those guys who becomes a Pro Bowler, I want to be one of those players who becomes a legend."

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