You mean the guy who is 4th in Saints history in sacks, 14th in tackles and 3rd in forced fumbles and was voted to the all rookie team and a pro bowl?
Shoulda been a LDE imo, his game is much more suited for the strongside. 4th in sacks over saints history is not saying much. 14th in tackles still doesn't mean that much to me considering his time here.
BUT, 3rd in FF? Really, I would have never expected that. Way to go will smith.
Smith has been solid but not great his entire career. Never had speed but had decent swim moves and a good bull rush. The problem is that he got old and we had no one to take snaps from him, and he wasn't strong enough to bull rush effectively anymore leaving him with very little tricks in the bag. This season, he was pushing all the tackles he faced back 3 feet and not accomplishing anything because he just doesn't have it anymore.
This season more than ever, he seemed suspect to the run too. He lost contain on a number of high profile plays throughout the season.
Not really a knock though. If you could tell a team that they will draft a will smith, 100% of them would be ecstatic. You have to be doing something right to last this long, or just be on the right team
As far as the comparison to Montgomery, I just dont see it. I feel like cam jordan is a MUCH better comparison to will smith game-wise (obviously one is lanky and the other isnt so not really body type wise.)
Montgomery to me is a bust or stud imo. He's 6'5" 260 which is the opposite of the smith 6'2" 285 Smith. I feel like hes got a much more speed oriented game than smith opting to try to beat guys on the get off rather than putting a move on them like Smith.
My issue with him, is that he seemed to disappear against other nfl type talent at offensive tackle. But he's still really raw.
I guess I didn't watch enough LSU this year because I don't see the Smith Comparison.
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