Draft Profile: BioMazi Smith from East Kentwood High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Smith joined Michigan after being heavily recruited.
In 2019 as a freshman Smith saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 7 snaps for the Wolverines. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Wolverines in 2020 Smith played in 4 games and took part in 51 snaps for the Wolverines. He recorded only 3 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 2 stops.
In 2021 as a junior Smith played in 14 games and contributed on 544 snaps. He recorded 29 tackles, 14 assists while making 21 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 21 total pressures, which included 14 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and one sack on the year.
In 2022 as a senior Smith logged playing time in 13 games and logged a total of 575 snaps for the Wolverines. He also added 36 tackles, 6 assists, and 30 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 23 total pressures, which included 17 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and one sack on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- A compactly built, high-motor lineman, Smith brings a nice blend of power and quickness. Smith shows impressive get-off, often exploding off the line and getting into gaps before blockers can react.
- Crazy athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 1. He wrote: "The 6-foot-3, 337-pound senior has rare power and agility. Smith does 22 reps on the bench press, but that’s with 325 (not 225). He close-grip benched 550 pounds. He vertical-jumps 33 inches. He broad-jumped 9-4 1/2. Smith, who had 37 tackles last season, has clocked a 4.41 shuttle time, which would’ve tied the best by any defensive tackle at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, and it would’ve been better than any defensive tackle weighing 310 pounds or more in the past decade. His 6.95 3-cone time would’ve been by far the fastest among defensive tackles in Indianapolis. The fastest was 7.33. Smith’s 60-yard shuttle time is 11.90."
- Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three-technique.
- He has the strong core and powerful hands to shed blockers, and he shows excellent instincts with the ability to quickly locate the ball.
- Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.
- Amazing weight-room strength, which translates onto the field in terms of his anchor.
- Smith plays with leverage and brings good power, especially in his lower body, consistently holding up against double teams in the run game.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’s a bit stiff, as Smith lacks the flexibility to truly threaten the edge.
- Smith frequently fails to locate the ball in the run game, too often taking himself out of plays.
- Despite having impressive speed Smith lacks the elite suddenness as a mover you look for, and doesn't do enough in the pass rush when working one-on-one.
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