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Jaylon Smith | Linebacker

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235

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Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith "was solid in coverage and against the run" against Stanford on Saturday, writes Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness.
"Though it wasn’t a perfect performance from Smith, you would have liked to have seen more than a sack from his 14 pass rushing attempts, he was solid in coverage and against the run," McGuinness wrote. "Finishing the game with all five of his solo tackles against the run resulting in a defensive stop, he had a Run Stop Percentage of 17.2%." Smith finished with a game score of +2.5. "His lone pressure came in the form of a sack, beating right tackle Kyle Murphy to the outside on 1st-and-10 with 1:07 left in the second quarter," added McGuinness. Smith is not yet draft-eligible. He reminds us of Ryan Shazier. Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:08:00 PM

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Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith is an emerging talent.

Weidl calls Smith a playmaker with athleticism, speed and range. The evaluator also praised Notre Dame's speed in the back seven, saying it is more than they have had in a long time. Smith is not draft-eligible, but he is a linebacker in the mold of Ryan Shazier.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith says he wants to be better than Manti Te'o.

"It's something I know I can handle," Smith says. "It's just a matter of waiting and seeing, you know what I mean?" Smith has already drawn praise from Todd McShay, who said the linebacker "kept flashing" when watching Stephon Tuitt. Smith stands at 6-foot-2, 235-pound and boasts 3.1 percent body fat.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:19:00 AM

During a tape session that he intended to devote to Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt, Scout Inc.'s Todd McShay instead found that sophomore-to-be LB Jaylon Smith "keeps flashing."

"Just a pup and needs to fill out, but man he flies around and makes plays!" McShay gushed. Evaluators haven't quite made their way around to Smith yet, who must complete two more seasons before he's first eligible for the draft. That isn't an indictment of his potential. Smith (6-foot-3, 230 pounds), a former five-star recruit, has a very bright future in front of him. He'll be busy on Sundays.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 10:30:00 PM