Prospect: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 250 lb.


  • Tall and thin with a frame to add weight
  • Has some burst off the snap, top end speed to win around corner
  • Exposed by quicker opponents in the open field, change of direction skills limited
  • Flexible hips to dip around the edge as a pass rusher


  • Prevalent motor as pass rusher and in pursuit, gets to the ball often
  • Understands the gameplan, disciplined pass rusher vs. various quarterback types
  • Overall energy level is high

Pass Rush:

  • Works bullrush to some effectiveness, lacks combination moves
  • Can become swim move reliant, but his swim move is very effective
  • Initial punch can be lacking at times, but his hands are generally active
  • Unpredictable pass rusher who can get around the corner or shoot through gaps
  • Leverages quarterback well, doesn’t often run past him

Run Support:

  • Plays gap sound and always sets the edge with his outside shoulder free
  • High pad level and lean frame limit ability to anchor when head up
  • Ball aware, locates it early and has ability to shed and pursue


  • Naturally plays high, bullrush and anchor vs. run require bending
  • Plays with arms extended to separate and not get locked up
  • Ability to disengage and close on the ball quickly shown vs. run and pass


Quanterus Smith notched 12.5 sacks before his senior season came to an end due to a torn ACL against Louisiana-Lafayette.  He had a very productive season and was consistently a disruptive force for the Hilltopper defense.  Smith is a polished prospect with room to grow.  His natural ability paired with his understanding of the game are enough to ensure a middle round pick despite injury question marks.  He’s not the most versatile of pass rushing prospects.  His best fit is in a 4-3, especially a wide 9 scheme that doesn’t expect him to play head up.  If he can make a full recovery from the ACL injury there will be little to worry about.  In his previous three seasons at Western Kentucky, Smith had not missed a game due to injury.  The injury will limit him when it comes to draft workouts and off-season activities, but a team who can afford to be patient while he works his way back as a rookie may see it pay off as soon as he gets healthy.  His level of production and polished skills tell me he can produce immediately.

Originally published at Quanterus Smith Scouting Report