D'Anthony Smith Scouting Report

The Jaguars continued to fortify and rebuild their defensive line when they selected former Louisiana Tech defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith in the third round of April's draft. What kind of player the Jaguars are getting and what can we expect to see from Smith? Find out inside.

To find out more about D'Anthony Smith, we asked Here Come the Dawgs.com publisher Jason Jones for his opinion as he covered Smith for four years at Louisiana Tech. Here's what Jones had to say--

What stands out about D'Anthony is his strength and explosiveness. He had some of the better numbers at his position in the forty yard dash and the vertical jump. It's amazing to hear about one of the heavier guys on the team doing pull-ups with two 45-pound weights strapped to his back.

D'Anthony started for Louisiana Tech as a true freshman. He lined up at defensive end in a 3-4 defense and was able to play there because of his quickness. The Bulldogs switched to a 4-3 defense and D'Anthony anchored the line as a nose tackle for the next three years. Since he was the strongest and most physical presence on the line, he consistently drew double teams. Despite always being the focus of the opposing offensive line, he always found ways to make plays.

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith added these comments on Smith--

"He's very comparable in size to Alualu. This guy ran high 4.9's, Alualu ran high 4.8's, but I mean they're almost identical in size. They both vertical 35.5 so they're explosive in their hips. They're both three-technique types."

Gene Smith wouldn't label an exact role for D'Anthony Smith, but it's likely that he will play in the defensive line rotation, as the Jaguars feature Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu and Atiyyah Ellison to go along with Smith.

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