Mazi Smith
Mazi Smith  DL  Michigan | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Mazi Smith
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Mazi Smith DL Michigan | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Mazi Smith DL Michigan
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #177 Position Rank: #31 (DL)
40 time: 4.85 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 337
Date of Birth: 06/16/2001 Age: 21.3
Overall Rating: 80.0 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 6th Position rank: #31
College Games: 20 College Snaps: 602
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (86/100)
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (95/100 )
Draft Profile: Bio
Mazi Smith from East Kentwood High School was rated a 4 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Smith opted to join Michigan.

In 2019 as a freshman he saw action in 2 games and played a total of 7 snaps for the Wolverines. He recorded no stats

As a sophomore for the Wolverines in 2020 Smith played in 4 games and took part on 51 snaps for the Wolverines. He recorded just 3 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 2 stops.

In 2021 as a junior Smith got his break and 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.
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, 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.
  • Smith lacks suddenness as a mover, and he isn’t going to do much in the pass rush when working one-on-one.
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