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Marcus Smith | Defensive End

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 252

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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes former Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith, the No. 26 overall pick, was the biggest reach of the draft.
"[Smith] was the No. 83-rated prospect in my final Hot 100 rankings before the 2014 NFL Draft," Brandt wrote. "That ranking would indicate Smith would be a third-round pick, and if my evaluation -- which did not factor in the end of his pro-day workout -- was any good that is about where he should have been selected." Smith (6-foot-3, 251), a three-star quarterback recruit to Louisville, broke out as a senior with 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. A strong pro day may have punched his ticket into the first round. May 27 - 9:31 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Eagles selected Louisville OLB Marcus Smith with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Smith (6-foot-3, 251) was a three-star quarterback recruit to Louisville, and played linebacker as a freshman before spending his final three seasons as an end-linebacker hybrid. He's a strong fit for DC Billy Davis' multiple defense. Smith broke out as a senior with 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. A long-armed (34") edge presence, Smith ran 4.68 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Smith played roughly 70 percent of his senior-year snaps standing up, so he has a lot of experience in a 3-4 rush linebacker-type role, though his run defense is a work in progress. He needs to be a sub-package player only as a rookie.
May 8 - 11:11 PM

Louisville edge rusher Marcus Smith will visit the Eagles for his final pre-draft trip on Monday, according to Alex Marvez.

Smith has previously visited the Titans, Colts and Redskins. He is an intriguing second-round edge rusher thanks to his ability to convert speed to power. Smith refuses to get stuck at the line of scrimmage, which is a unique mindset to find.
Apr 15 - 11:09 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah reports that executives "LOVE" Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith.

The capital letters are his. "Loose edge rusher with a burst to close," Jeremiah added. "Strong hands to set edge vs run. Intriguing." Smith (6-foot-3 3/8, 253 pounds) worked out as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker at his pro day last month, and scouts reportedly liked what they saw. At the time, NFL.com's Gil Brandt projected Smith as a third-day prospect.
Apr 11 - 4:08 PM

Louisville's Marcus Smith worked out as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker at his pro day on Monday.

Smith (6-foot-3 3/8, 253 pounds) greatly aided his draft stock today if he managed to convince any evaluators that he can play both positions. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Smith is a third-day prospect. The defender did a 4.42-second short shuttle and a 7.08-second three-cone drill. He stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 9:21 PM