Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith "was the [East-West Shrine Game's] most disruptive defender, using his combination of burst off the snap and long arms to slip past offensive tackles and harass the quarterback," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Smith doesn't possess the explosiveness as his former teammate and projected first round pick "Bud" Dupree, but he showed a quick first step and balance, a spin move and an effective bull rush in this game and forced an interception," Rang wrote. "For his efforts, he was named the Defensive Player of the Game." The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder has all the tools you could ask for, including an ideal frame, good athleticism, and strong hand use. He was the event's No. 2 prospect, according to Josh Norris. "Honestly, Smith did not do much [in practice] to impress onlookers this week," Norris observed. "He will not wow with athleticism, however, Smith will win with technique and power. Few use their hands as consistently on first contact and to generate momentum on counter moves. In this deep EDGE class, look from Smith to land on the third day unless he surprises at the Combine."
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