Nolan Smith
Nolan Smith  LB  Georgia | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Nolan Smith
Home town
Savannah, GA
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Nolan Smith LB/EDGE Georgia | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Nolan Smith LB/EDGE Georgia
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.51 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 235
Date of Birth: 01/18/2001 Age: 21.3
Overall Rating: 90.5 / 100
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DRAFT GRADE: 1st - Mid Position rank: #3
College Games: 38 College Snaps: 966
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (92/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #1 Pos Rank: #2 State Rank: #1
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (99.94/100 )
Ovr Rank: #4 Pos Rank: #1
Draft Profile: Bio
Nolan Smith from IMG Academy High School was rated a 5 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school Smith opted to join Georgia.

In 2019 as a freshman Smith saw action in 14 games and played on a total of 287 snaps for the Bulldogs. He recorded 8 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 13 stops. As a pass rusher he added 19 total pressuress, which included 10 QB hurriess, 4 QB hits, and NFL1.DefenseSummary sacks on the season.

As a sophomore in 2020 Smith played in 10 games while logging 180 snaps for the Bulldogs. He recorded 11 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 10 stops. As a pass rusher he chalked up 18 total pressuress, and 11 QB hurriess, 4 QB hits, and 3 sacks during the year.

In 2021 as a junior Smith saw action in 14 games and logged 499 snaps for the Bulldogs. He recorded 32 tackles, 11 assists, while making 27 stops. In coverage Smith chalked up no pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 68.8. As a pass rusher he produced 28 total pressuress, which included 18 QB hurriess, 3 QB hits, and 7 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with a closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space.
  • Has the combination of size and athleticism worthy of development.
  • Shows toughness to get under the pads of tackles to bull them, club them upfield to get the inside lane, or fight through blocks for secondary rush when the passer steps up.
  • Downhill defender and physical tackler. Uses his eyes to decipher and break down the play, showing good awareness and discipline to sniff out fakes.
  • Is a gifted athlete with an impressive frame and a lot of raw ability. He needs to get stronger to do more damage at the point of attack and is very unpolished with the mental aspect of the position. Streaky instincts and anticipation.
  • Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the ability to separate the ball.
  • Shows the closing burst and footwork to work well in tight areas.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame.
  • Locates the ball but takes circuitous routes to go get to it. Should use power and long arms to take on and disengage from blocks. Inefficient with his angles.
  • His lateral agility and burst often put him in position to make big plays, but he takes questionable routes to the ball and struggles to avoid blockers when in pursuit.
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