Northern Iowa‘s Elerson Smith: A Spags-ian EDGE with elite athleticism

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Throughout his teaching profession, Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has prioritized defensive ends; most of his stops within the NFL have began by filling out a deep defensive finish rotation with gamers who match a particular mould. It’s been no completely different in Kansas Metropolis — however Spagnuolo hasn’t but discovered the lengthy term-answer throughout from Frank Clark. So the Chiefs will nearly actually be hoping to handle this want within the draft.

Elerson Smith, EDGE

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6’6” | 252 lbs | Northern Iowa

Minneapolis, MN

Anticipated draft vary: Day 3

Professional Day: 4.78 40-yard sprint, 41.5” vertical bounce, 127” broad bounce, 7.11 three-cone, 4.39 20-yard shuttle, 26 bench press, 33.25” arms

One-sentence bio: Predominantly a 190-pound tight finish in highschool, he added greater than 70 kilos in faculty to transition to defensive finish.

One-sentence scouting report: An explosive athlete off the sting who has the requisite flexibility and velocity to be a high-end NFL cross rusher — if he can proceed so as to add density.

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How he suits in Kansas Metropolis: Spagnuolo likes large, lengthy and robust defensive ends — and Smith reaches the thresholds he nearly at all times covets. Though he weighed in at 252 kilos at his professional day, Smith was effectively over 260 kilos on the 2021 Senior Bowl, the place he carried out effectively.

Smith is without doubt one of the uncommon gamers who hits these measurement and size thresholds — and nonetheless supplies pass-rushing potential. Proper out of his stance, he has the pure explosion to threaten an offensive deal with’s deep nook with velocity. He additionally has the flexibleness to dip underneath contact or lean right into a blocker to show a nook, together with the change-of-direction potential and physique management to place his foot within the floor and counter inside or bull rush a blocker. Smith has all of the athletic traits to be an entire NFL cross rusher.

The priority for the Chiefs’ workers shall be whether or not he can play all three downs — and whether or not he’ll be a legal responsibility towards the run. All through his faculty profession, Smith has gotten greater and higher towards the run, capping it off by enjoying some defensive deal with on the Senior Bowl — and enjoying effectively. So whereas he’s not a participant who shall be prepared for a full-time function on Day 1, he would be capable to complement the group’s present defensive ends very effectively as a situational cross rusher as he continues to refine his strategies — and add the power the NFL requires.

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