Prospect: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 250 lb.

Athleticism:

  • 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

Intelligence/Effort:

  • 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

Technique:

  • 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

Overall:

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 DetroitLionsDraft.com: Quanterus Smith Scouting Report

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