Sunday, April 27, 2008

Eagles take DE Bryan Smith with 80th pick

Bryan Smith (OLB)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 228
College: McNeese State
Conference: Southland
Hometown: Newton, TX
High School: Newton
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Small school defensive end prospect who will have to be moved to outside linebacker in the NFL, but has flashed the athleticism and certainly the big-play ability to warrant this projection. The most dominant edge rusher in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly D-IAA) over the past two seasons, Smith is a two-time All-American and Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. As one would expect of a player his size, Smith possesses great burst off the snap and the straight-line speed to chase down ballcarriers. He has intriguing change of direction and flashes explosiveness in his hands, prompting some to view him as a potential diamond in the rough.

High School

an all-district performer in both football and basketball. ... One of the top football players coming out of SE Texas in 2002. ... Four letters in both football and basketball and a high jumper in track and field. ... Third place in state high jump meet.

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