With their second pick in the seventh round, the Dallas Cowboys selected an in-state prospect in Texas Tech’s Will Smith. While the Cowboys have two of their starters in place in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, there is still another linebacker position that may be open for the start of the 2014 NFL season. Carter will play the weakside linebacker or the strongside linebacker position. Knowing that, whatever position Carter doesn’t play, there will be a few players in contention of that starting job. The Cowboys drafted Anthony Hitchens to contend for this position, but Smith could also be in the mix if he impresses in training camp.
When you take a look at Smith’s production in college, it is clear that he has an knack for finding the ball. Smith finished the 2013 season with 120 tackles and 4.5 sacks to go with it. He finished the season earning him All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. His frame is a bit concerning at 6’2″, 231 pounds, but Smith has good acceleration speed, as is the case by his 4.59 40-yard dash. By adding on some bulk, Smith could really be a nice depth player in case Lee or Carter get hurt.
In the seventh round, it doesn’t hurt to add a player who was a proven commodity on his college team. Smith was one of the leader’s on Texas Tech’s roster. Although a roster spot will not be given to Smith, he will have a great opportunity to make this team. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him as one of the gunners on special teams.
Stay tuned for our grade on seventh-round pick Ahmad Dixon.