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2019 NFL Draft

Sutton Smith

ILB/Northern Illinois

  • B
    6.40
    Projection
    Round 5
  • YearRS Junior
  • Height6-0
  • Weight233
  • Hand9
  • Arm30
  • 40-yard4.69
  • Bench25
  • Vertical31.5
  • Broad118.0
  • 3-cone6.75
  • 20-yard4.32
  • 60-yardN/A
    YearGPCOMPATTPCTYDSYPATDSINTATTYDSYPCTDSRECYDSYPCTDSTKLTFLSACKPDFFFRPBUINTYDSPUNTSYDSAVGLNGFGMFGAPCTLNGXPMXPAPCT
    2016 10 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2017 13 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 63 30.0 14.0 3 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2018 14 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 61 26.5 15.0 1 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    TOTALS37000%00000000000013958.530.04700600000000%0000%

    Strong Points: Big-time playmaker and sack artist at a lower level of competition (29 sacks the last 2 seasons). Quick reactions and instincts. Good-to-very good athlete who can get off the ball very quickly. Top competitor. Plays with strength, power and explosion. Tough to block one-on-one.

    Weak Points: Size -- no chance he plays with a hand on the ground at the NFL level. Very short arms (30 5/8"). DE background so must learn to play on his feet. No experience in pass coverage.

    The Way We See It: Sutton was a dominant edge rusher in the MAC the past two seasons. He is vastly undersized with very short arms but was able to make plays at NIU because of his quickness, strength, explosion, hand use and competitive nature. His size deficiency will prevent him from playing down in the NFL, so he must learn to play on his feet as an off-the-ball linebacker. At his size, he is best suited to play "Will" in a 4-3, but some 3-4 teams might have interest. Playing the game on his feet from behind the line of scrimmage is a totally different look than as a down lineman. It is going to take some time for him to make the conversion, but he can play special teams while he learns. Smith might never be more than a backup but his competitive nature could make him excellent on special teams. I wouldn't bet against him.

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