Patriots Sign DL Le Kevin Smith

The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman LeKevin Smith today. Although terms of the agreement were not disclosed the team's other second day draft picks signed 4-year deals. Smith was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft (206th overall). He is the fifth member of the 2006 NFL Draft class to sign a contract with the team.

Smith, A three-year starter at Nebraska, appeared in 49 of 50 starting in 35 of them. The 6-foot-1, 305-pound defender was named to the 2005 Lombardi Award Watch List and received honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the AP in 2004.

Le Kevin Smith (pronounced Leh-KEE-vin) anchored a Nebraska defense that led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss the 2005 season. Forced to redshirt his freshman season due to a torn ACL, Smith went on to become a fixture on the defensive line before entering the 2006 NFL Draft.

Smith worked with the team's interior defensive linemen at minicamp. He is projected as a defensive tackle or nose guard depending upon the defensive alignment.

Patriots defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith (65) shares a laugh with fellow lineman Mike Wright (99) as DL Kader Drame looks on at the team's minicamp June 13, 2006 (Photo Jon Scott /


TFY Draft Preview had this as their Scouting report on Smith:

Pos: Explosive defensive lineman who makes plays in pursuit. Built low to the ground, plays with good pad level and gets off the ball with a great first step. Alters his angle of attack, has a closing burst of speed and makes plays out to the sidelines. Can drop off the line and play in space.

Neg: Controlled by a single blocker and rarely gets much push up the field. Has tackles broken. Considered lazy by NFL scouts.

Analysis: A prospect who flashes ability, Smith has displayed limited consistency and is labeled an underachiever. His quickness, ability to play with leverage and change-of-direction skills makes him a potential three-technique lineman.

Be sure to check the player profile for interviews and more articles on Smith.

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