Malcolm Smith Scouting Report

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Malcolm Smith Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: Pac12
School: USC Trojans
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #6
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 225 lbs.
Drafted 7.39 in 2011 by SEA

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC

Malcolm Smith spent his first two seasons at USC as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. During those two years he only totaled 24 tackles. The biggest highlights for the 6-1, 225 pound Northridge, California product (and younger brother of former Trojan wide receiver Steve Smith), was forcing a fumble against Oregon and returning a muffed kickoff for 31 yards against Nebraska.

As a junior Smith stepped into a starting role at the weakside linebacker spot and did a superb job. Despite only playing in ten games and starting nine, he ranked second on the team with 72 tackles. He also returned an interception for a 62 yard touchdown. For his senior season Smith continued to make some big plays and this time returned an interception for a 74 yard score. Smith again ranked second on the Trojans with 78 tackles and added 8.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack. Smith also forced a couple fumbles and returned two as well.

Smith is always around the ball and has been a surprisingly effective linebacker for Southern Cal during his two years as a starter. He is not the quickest or strongest linebacker in this class, but he has a knack for making plays. He likely will not test out too well and that may keep him from even being drafted, but Smith could make an NFL team with his ability to play special teams.

Last Updated Dec-07-2010 by Joel Welser

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