Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-15-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…**2017: ButkusWinner/DPOYC/DPOYM/1stC...ButkusFinalist/NagurskiFinalist/BednarikFinalist...PBednarik...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
*Roquan Smith/Georgia football Videos
*Automated search based on player first/last name, college team name, football, 3 loading panels, click video to view in full size on this page, watch or fast forward one full video, or open player with red arrow to choose more cuts at the bottom of the big video screen. Click "I'm done watching this" blue link at the top of video to close screen. If available/HQ changes video quality.
Roquan Smith Georgia Linebacker 6-0, 230, 4.64, #3 Montezuma, Ga. Macon County 4/8/1997
2/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Roquan Smith, Georgia,was named to the First Team Offense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1.
12/06/17 - 2017 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Roquan Smith, Georgia,...Smith, a native of Montezuma, Ga., gave Georgia its first SEC Defensive Player of the Year since David Pollack garnered the only other award of its kind for Georgia in 2004.
12/05/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Roquan Smith, Georgia,...Smith has earned midseason All-American honors by leading the team for a second year in a row with 113 tackles (8.7 tackles/game) during Georgia's 12-1 campaign, highlighted by its 13th Southeastern Conference title and first since 2005 this past weekend. Smith has added 10.5 tackles for loss, a team-leading 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble to lead the Bulldogs. With the help from Butkus Award semifinalist Lorenzo Carter, Georgia ranks second nationally in Passing Yards Allowed (158.3 yards/game), third in Scoring Defense (13.8 points/game) and fourth in Total Defense (270.9 yards/game). - Georgia Football
A two-year starter at Georgia, Smith starred as the weakside linebacker in Kirby Smart's base 3-4 scheme, improving with each game and separating himself as one of the best linebackers in college football. His MVP performance in the 2017 SEC Championship Game will be used by NFL evaluators to describe why he belongs in the top half of round one.
Smith is a natural ball hunter with outstanding play speed, assignment sound technique and high football IQ to key, diagnose and flow, consistently putting himself in the right place at the right time. He doesn't have elite take-on skills to be a traditional thumper, but his athleticism and instincts make him scheme diverse and a three-down player.
Overall, Smith is a magnet to the ball and his professional make-up and mental alertness make him a high-ceiling, high floor prospect for the next level - one of the best defensive players in the 2018 class and top-10 projection.
In my Dec 5 Stock Report: A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves over championship weekend: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia, JR. (6-0, 224, 4.64, #3)...In my recent mock draft, only one linebacker made the cut and surfaced in the first round: Smith to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 15 overall. And in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn, the junior only reinforced his status as a potential top-15 draft pick if he chooses to declare. Smith finished with a game-high 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries, earning the game's MVP honors. The performance was basically a microcosm of the dominance he has shown all season, proving himself to be the most valuable player on a Bulldogs' defense full of future pros.
The term "sideline-to-sideline" speed is often overused for linebackers, but Smith deserves that description because of his quick first step to track the ball, followed by the reaction to unlock and close on the ball-carrier, finishing with the balance and physicality to shut down the run. As if his weekend wasn't already impressive enough, Smith was recognized as the winner of the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) Sunday night in a surprise ceremony during Georgia's end-of-season awards event. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
BACKGROUND A four-star linebacker recruit out of high school, Roquan Smith earned Class AA Defensive Player of the Year honors his senior season at Macon County and was considered a top-five recruit in the state of Georgia - grew up in the small town of Montezuma (3,000 population). He was more of a basketball star early in his high school career before dedicating himself in the weight room and packing muscle onto his 175-pound frame. Smith narrowed his college choice to UCLA and Georgia, originally committing to the Bruins on national signing day, mostly due to his relationship with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. However, Ulbrich left that same day to become the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and Smith switched his commitment to the homestate Bulldogs.
Smith played in 12 games as a true freshman reserve in 2015, posting 20 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He earned the starting WILL linebacker spot as a sophomore in 2016 and led the team with 95 tackles, adding 5.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass break-up. Smith had his best season as a junior in 2017 and was named the Butkus Award winner.
STRENGTHS Outstanding range and play speed to the perimeter. Moves well laterally and unlocks his hips to instantly accelerate, cutting off outside runs. High-level instincts with the mental processing speed to trust his eyes and react, sniffing out fakes and not falling for eye candy. Quick reflexes to mirror ballcarriers to the hole. Gap-sound and takes precise angles when attacking downhill. Excellent job coming to balance as a tackler, wrapping and finishing through his hips. Doesn't miss tackles due to strong hands and technique. Not an overpowering strength player, but plays low to scrape and unwind himself from blocks. Elusive to avoid second level blocks. Talented blitzer, using flexibility to avoid backfield blockers. Looks like a safety in coverage with the awareness to zone drop and choke throwing lanes. Low-key, grounded personality and a lead-by-example type - described as the "unquestioned leader" of the defense by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, who compared him to C.J. Mosley. Innately motivated and self-accountable. Wants to be great and boasts the work habits required in the NFL. Productive in the classroom (3.0 GPA). Improved production each season, leading the Bulldogs in tackles each of the past two seasons. - Dane Brugler 12/12/2017
WEAKNESSES A tick undersized, lacking ideal NFL height or length. Muscle bulk is near maxed out. Only average take-on skills and needs to improve his efficiency engaging and disposing of blockers. Does his best work in space or outside the hashes, occasionally allowing himself to be bullied at the line of scrimmage. Needs to improve his route recognition and avoid grabbing. Didn't miss a game the past two seasons, but did sit out 2017 spring practice due to a shoulder issue (March 2017). - Dane Brugler 12/12/17
COMPARES TO: Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers – Similar to when Davis entered the NFL, Smith will be considered undersized by many, but the athleticism and playmaking skill-set are why Davis is a former All-Pro and why Smith is considered one of the better defensive prospects in the draft.
IN OUR VIEW: Although he lacks ideal length and take-on power, Smith is a magnet to the ball and his professional make-up and mental alertness make him a high-ceiling, high floor prospect for the next level. Simply put, he is one of the best defensive players in the 2018 class and worthy of top-10 consideration.
Started in all 13 games through regular season. Led team in total stops with 113, tackles for loss (10.5), QB sacks (5.5) and QB pressures (17)...named one of four permanent team captains, as well as Defensive MVP, at the team's post-season awards gala...named Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker...also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which go to the country's top overall defensive player...
MVP of the SEC Championship Game after he had a career high-matching 13 tackles, one QB sack, another stop for lost yardage, and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Team-high nine stops vs. Georgia Tech that included three tackles for lost yardage, one of which was a QB sack...named to the Associated Press and Sporting News' midseason All-America teams...led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) with one QB hurry against Tennessee
Lled team with nine tackles, including a 10-yard QB sack, vs. South Carolina...also had team-best seven stops at Vanderbilt...had eight tackles (3 solo) against Mississippi State with one QB hurry...tallied a team-high six tackles (four solo) with one pass breakup vs. Samford.
Had seven tackles (five solo), one TFL and two quarterback hurries against Notre Dame...led the team against Appalachian State with six tackles (three solo)...named to the Bednarik Award Watch List...named a member of the Preseason First-Team All-SEC and Coaches Preseason First-Team All-SEC...recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts...team's leading tackler with 95 total stops...also had 5.0 tackles for loss, five QB pressures and one pass breakup...had career-high 13 tackles in each of the last two games of the season...had 11 tackles (7+4) in win at South Carolina, adding a forced fumble and a fumble recovery..
In addition to six stops vs. Vanderbilt, he assisted on a QB sack and broke up one pass...has led team in tackles in each of the past two games: 7 stops vs. Auburn and 7 vs. Louisiana...had 7 tackles in win at Kentucky...made a then-career-high 6 tackles (5 solo, 1 assisted) with 2 TFL against UNC...had five tackles vs. Tennessee...made 4 tackles against Nicholls...added four tackles (all solo) at Missouri...recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
Appeared in 12 games ... 20 total tackles ... four tackles, including 1.5 TFLs vs. Penn State ... career-high 5 tackles against Florida ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
Macon County, coached by Larry Harold … competed in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #61 nationally on it’s Top 150 Dream Team … ESPN.com four-star prospect, #29 player nationally, #2 OLB nationally, #5 player in Georgia … 247Sports.com four-star prospect, #71 ranked overall player nationally, #5 OLB nationally, #5 player in Georgia ... Rivals.com four-star prospect, #77 nationally, #6 OLB nationally, #9 player in Georgia … Scout.com #62 ranked overall player nationally, #1 ranked MLB nationally, #1 ranked in the South …DawgPost #6 ranked player in Georgia ... named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year … named the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year ... led team to a 9-3 record and the Class AA playoffs.
Draft Scout Player News
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia...While he is outstanding with his speed and instincts, Smith's lack of ideal height and length are the main issues with his next-level transition. For linebacker-needy teams outside the top 10, they are hoping Smith comes in shorter than expected to create doubt and the possibility that he will slide down draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/18 - LB Roquan Smith, the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker, announced Monday he will enter the NFL Draft. Although it took him until the deadline day to declare, his decision comes as no surprise, considering he is a potential top 10 pick. NFLDraftScout.com rates him as the No. 9 prospect.
Smith (6-1, 225) led the charge on defense for Georgia, which lost 26-23 in overtime to Alabama in the national championship game. He made 137 tackles, including 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks, in 15 games. He earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, was the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl victory over Oklahoma, and took home MVP honors in the SEC title game.
01/08/18 - College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)...PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia: LB Roquan Smith. The Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker and the only defensive player to finish in the top-10 of Heisman voting. Even in a game that featured 104 points and more than 1,000 yards of offense, Smith was one of the best players on the field in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma. - AP College Football
01/04/18 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Linebacker: Roquan Smith, Georgia (Rose): The Butkus Award winner made 11 tackles , including a key third-down stop in overtime that forced Oklahoma to kick a field when a touchdown would have won it for the Bulldogs. - AP College Football
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Roquan Smith, Georgia,...Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior tailback Nick Chubb, of Cedartown, Ga., were named to the First Team Offense while junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was included on the First Team Defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football