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

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

Overall Rank: #17 Position Rank: #3 (LB)
40 time: 4.51 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 235
Hands: 9 Arms: 32 5/8 Span: 80
Date of Birth: 01/18/2001 Age: 21.8
Overall Rating: 90.5 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st - Mid Position rank: #3
College Games: 42 College Snaps: 1058
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. After high school, Smith joined Georgia after being heavily recruited.

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

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

In 2021 as a junior Smith played in 14 games and contributed on 499 snaps. He recorded 32 tackles, 11 assists while making 27 stops. In coverage Smith chalked up no pass breakups, one interception, and an impressive QB rating when targetted of 68.8. As a pass rusher, he produced 28 total pressures, which included 18 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and a solid 7 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Can attack the edge with speed and has the flexibility to dip low and under the tackle's reach.
  • He’s very good in coverage when looking into the backfield in zone coverage.
  • Smith can be used as a rangy run defender inside, instinctive when it comes to locating the ball with the quickness to get to it before blockers can react at the second level.
  • Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage, is extremely versatile. Despite his build, Smith holds up well in traffic and makes a lot of plays by engaging a block, shedding, and pursuing.
  • He has an excellent feel for working off blockers and knowing how and when to counter as the play goes on.
  • Smith will always try to plow into the largest piles and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ballcarrier.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective when uncovered inside and chasing stretch plays to the sideline.
  • Smith lacks the speed of a chase and- tackle guy. Smith lacks twitch as a pass rusher and lacks the feet and flexibility to threaten around the edge.
  • He’ll need to be covered up to be effective. He’s not the kind of guy you can line up in the pass rush and have him bend the edge; he’s limited to shooting through gaps.
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