I’ll preface this episode of “The Film Room” by first saying that I love Roquan Smith. He’s a phenomenal linebacker prospect who more than likely will have a very, very long professional career. However...Smith’s eventual rise to NFL stardom might have to follow a path that most people do not expect as of right now. While the sizable chunk of “Draft Twitter” has been pegging the former Bulldog as a lock for a top ten selection since January, I could not help but notice that Smith’s very specific skill set does not actually fit most of the teams in the top ten.
In fact, it was hard for me to find any teams that seemed to be a palatable destination in the 2018 NFL Draft for Smith until the Green Bay Packers at 14th overall. Whether it was Smith’s limited positional flexibility as exclusively a weak side linebacker prospect or the teams themselves not having any personnel that could adequately cover for his shortcomings, it became very apparent to me this past week that Smith could - and likely will - fall much, much further than his overall scouting grades would indicate.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at this week’s episode of “The Film Room” and judge for yourself.
And while you’re at it, drop a line in the comments and let me know which teams you think Roquan Smith could fit with at the next level. Do you agree or disagree that he cannot play middle linebacker? Do you think that his overall talent will still guarantee him a top ten selection? Sound off below and let me know what you think.