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If you’ve been following the draft, the position stuffed with the most talent is pass rusher. Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, and Josh Allen are a couple of big names. This draft is STACKED at the pass rusher position. The Bears don’t have a first or second round pick this year. Because of this, the middle rounds are going to be crucial for Pace to find his gems hidden among all this talent. In my opinion, that guy is Sutton Smith. 

Positives:

  • Combine: Sutton Smith had a day at the combine. (These are compared with other players categorized as EDGE).
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40 Yard Dash: 4.69 sec (T-11th)

Bench Press: 25 reps (T-3rd)

Vertical Jump: 31.5 in.

Broad Jump: 118 in.

3 Cone Drill: 6.75 sec (1st)

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.32 sec (7th)

 

 

  • Agility: Seen in his 40 Yard Dash and 3 Cone Drill, Sutton Smith is FAST. Smith gets past defenders almost instantly with his quickness and will pressure the quarterback on almost any snap. He led the NCAA with a whopping 95 pressures, with Nick Bosa in 2nd. Bosa had 77 pressures.

 

  • Scoring: Sutton Smith isn’t your average rusher. Smith scored 4 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Out of 6 fumble recoveries, 3 were returned for touchdowns. He’s also able to make impacts on special teams, being able to block and recover punts.

 

 

Negatives:

  • Size: At a height of 6’0” and weight of 220 lb.,  Sutton Smith is the shortest edge rusher in the draft. Many teams overlook him because they think he won’t be able to keep up with the NFL.

 

  • Blocks: Smith struggles when he gets stuck in a block, rare as it is. This problem should be solved when he gets to training camp.

 

Conclusion:  Regardless of size, Smith has more positives than negatives. Even though he’ll probably be used as special teams starting out as a rookie, Smith will make an impact on any team that signs him. For the Bears, I think this would be an outstanding below-the-radar pick. Most sources say Smith is a 5th to 7th rounder, but I can see him going in the 4th. Smith really has no negatives on him besides his height. He has power, speed, and agility. The qualities every pass rusher should possess.

 

Highlights: Sutton Smith – Nation’s Best Pass Rusher | Junior Highlights – YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENpyYHpNkVM