Scouting Report: Daryl Smith

Full Name: Daryl Smith School: Georgia Tech

Ht: 6-2 Wt 234 40: 4.72 Year: 4Sr Number: 51


Named to the ACC All-Academic football team. Jackets' leading tackler with 99 hits, had a team-leading 15 tackles for loss, including five sacks as well as an interception and five pass breakups.

2001: 59 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks despite missing three-and-a-half games. Suffered a dislocated left elbow in the first half of the Clemson game.

2000: First-team Freshman All-America and Georgia Tech's top tackler with 96 tackles, including four sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups.

The Good: Heady yet explosive linebacker that plays a smart brand of football. Quick diagnosing the play, takes good angles to the action and scrapes well laterally to the flanks. Good head for the ball and snuffs out the action. Solid footwork getting through the trash, holds his ground against blocks or displays the skills to slide off them altogether. Quick filling up the field and decent in pass coverage.

The Bad: Overall games lacks explosion and suddenness. Size may be a limiting factor at the next level as he's engulfed at the point.

The Skinny: A solid football player whose athleticism gives him a good amount of upside potential, Smith has the brains and speed needed to cover the pass yet the tenacity to defend the run. Probably best on the weak-side or in a three-four alignment.

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