Roquan Smith Set To Visit Bills

04/03/2018
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News about NFL draft prospects’ visits to One Bills Drive continues to emerge. Jason Butt of The Telegraph in Georgia recently reported that the 2017 Butkus Award Winner Roquan Smith has a visit scheduled with the Bills. “On Smith’s docket are trips to visit the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.”

 

Smith is a very talented linebacker prospect, which is a position of need for the Bills heading into the draft later this month. Buffalo has kicked the tires on a number of veteran options to fill the void left by Preston Brown, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.

 

The Georgia senior put together a very nice career, totaling 146 solo tackles, 252 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumbles recovered. In addition to his stats, he won countless awards during his senior season.

 

Bills general manager Brandon Beane recently said in a press conference that when the team traded Cordy Glenn, moving them up to the 12th pick, that it now put them in range of players they were not even considering at 21. Roquan Smith could very well be one of those players now within range for the Bills. Sean McDermott is looking to solidify a young LB corps, and Smith may be the best in this class.

When you turn on the film you quickly realize how special Smith is and that he is a top-five talent. There were numerous instances where Smith was calling out plays prior to the snap. Post-snap, he diagnoses plays more quickly than anyone in recent years; he has the speed to close and the mentality to finish. But he isn’t just a run defender; he has the speed to run with offensive threats in man coverage, the awareness needed to play zone coverage, and even the ability to pattern match for teams that play a lot of that coverage. Whatever team drafts him will be getting a future Pro Bowler.

For a deep dive on Smith, check out our scouting report here:

Scouting Report | LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

 

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