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Za'Darius Smith | Defensive End

Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 263

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ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl are rethinking their "late-fourth, early fifth-round" preseason grade on Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith.
"The Florida tape has us rethinking that grade already," the pair wrote. "He's shown improvement in two key areas starting with his instincts. He did a great job of locating the ball against the run and tracking the quarterback without losing contain as a pass-rusher against the Gators. The other aspect of his game is he appears to have made strides in his explosiveness. While he's never going to be an elite speed rusher coming off the edge, he looked quicker working inside and did a better job of transferring speed to power rushing the passer when he lined up inside. Add in his ability to get off blocks and the arrow is pointing up." The JUCO transfer collected 59 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, in his first try against SEC competition last year, and he's poised to easily surpass those numbers in 2014. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline allocated the senior a preseason Round 4 grade. Oct 1 - 12:03 AM

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