Meaning GM Jerry Angelo might consider adding a pass rusher on day one of the draft. The Bears could have their pick of either the two top defensive ends in the draft. Ohio State's Will Smith and USC's Kenechi Udeze will be the first ends off the board.
Udeze is a good bet to go to Jacksonville Jaguars at 9th pick, while Smith's destination isn't as clear. He has been projected to go as high as 8th overall to Atlanta Falcons and as late as 19th to the Minnesota Vikings.
At 6-foot-3, 268 pounds Smith possesses the body and speed to consistently reach double-digits in sacks. His 4.55 forty time during private workouts further demonstrates his athletic ability. The fact that Smith also plays the run well has only increased his worth leading up to the draft
Smith earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior, an award Haynes won a year ago. Smith also picked up All Conference and All-American accolades. He totaled 49 tackles, 20 for loss and 10.5 sacks last year. Junior numbers included 59/12.5/5.5 which came off the heels of a sophomore campaign when he registered 47/9/4.
TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive: Explosive defender and versatile lineman productive in a variety of areas. Plays low with good pad level, explodes off the snap and displays speed off the corner or pursuing from the backside. Agile, fluid changing direction and sensational making plays out to the flanks. Rarely off his feet and creates a lot of havoc in the opponents backfield. Effective in space covering tight ends. Deceptively strong, holds his ground against blocks and defends the run. Also smart and quick to diagnose the action or locate the ball.
Negative: Lacks natural bulk and size. Has difficulty with big offensive lineman and pushed from his angle of attack. Gave consideration to entering the '03 draft but was injured and would not have been physically prepared to perform for scouts.
Analysis: Possessing a rare combination of speed, explosion and athleticism, Smith is a complete defensive lineman that impacts the game. An outstanding prospect and excellent value after the eight slot in April's draft.