Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Tanzel Smart

Tanzel Smart, Tulane
6-1, 296
Smart was from Baton Rouge, and was first team All Louisiana in high school, but was under recruited and ended up at Tulane.
As a freshman, he collected 14 tackles, a PBU, and a QB hurry.
As a sophomore, he finished with 47 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, two sacks, a PBU, and a forced fumble.
As a junior, he wrapped with 62 tackles, 15 TFLs, two sacks, a QB hurry and a forced fumble,
As a senior, he finished with a career high 67 tackles, 18.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, two QB hurries, and a forced fumble.
The Good
Very productive player, and is a first rate run stuffer.
Loves the game, and is hungry to be on the field and in the action.
Knows how to time the hard count and jump the snap.
Sheds blocks efficiently, works well with his hands and tracks the ball from point of attack.
Smart player with enough athleticism to react to screen plays.
Excellent pad level, and gets into the frame of a blocker to move past quickly,
The Bad
A bit stubby. Short and stocky.
Does not possess enough talent when it comes to changing direction.
Very narrow tackle radius.
Is more quick and finesse than powerful.
Can be pushed out of the way and knocked off course.
Final Overview
Smart has enough tenacity and the numbers to garner a solid look on day three. He could be a very nice diamond in the rough find for a team with a staff that is willing to work with him and find a scheme that he fits into as a player. I like him late in the draft as a developmental run stop guy with some extra pass rush skill. If a team can get a little more out of him in the right scheme, we may have a late draft steal here.

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