Share this article

print logo

Road to the NFL Draft: Preston Smith

Position: Defensive end.

School: Mississippi State.

Combine measurements: 6-foot-5, 271 pounds

Combine stats: 40: 4.74 seconds.

Bench press: 24 reps. Vertical: 34 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch.

3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds.

20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds. 60-yard: 11.7.

Career stats: 47 games, 24 starts, 134 tackles (61 solo, 27 for losses), 16 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions.

Draft projection: Second round

Lowdown: Disruptive, athletic defensive lineman who was an All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the league’s coaches. Smith became the only SEC player to win the Defensive Lineman of the Week award in three consecutive weeks, which he did in September of his senior season. … Became a full-time starter in 2012. Recorded at least one tackle for loss in 12 of his last 13 career games. … Has long arms (34 inches) and is strong at the point of attack. … Not a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, but projects as a reliable, versatile defensive lineman capable of playing in a hybrid 3-4 scheme (like the one the Bills plan to run).

They said it: “I’ve got a second-round grade on him, and I think he’s really going to be a productive NFL player.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

— Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 30.

There are no comments - be the first to comment