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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Examining draft picks: Chris Smith

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Defensive end Chris Smith

Round drafted (pick): Fifth (No. 159 overall).

Height and weight: 6-feet-1, 266 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Smith recorded 21.5 sacks and 20 quarterback pressures in 43 games at Arkansas. … He is one of only five players in school history to record more than 20 sacks in their career. … He had 18 sacks in his final two seasons, including 9.5 in 2012.

Where he fits: The Jaguars plan to use Smith at the leo spot, which is a hybrid end/linebacker whose primary responsibility is rushing the passer. He will get limited reps because he'll be behind Chris Clemons, Jason Babin and Andre Branch, although if he develops more rapidly than anticipated then he could make Babin, who turns 34 later this month, expendable.

Concern(s): Smith doesn't have the size the team likes in a leo -- he's about three to four inches too short -- but he has long arms (34 1/8 inches) and that somewhat makes up for it. He is not a dynamic pass-rusher, either, but gets most of his sacks by being relentless.  That's a good quality but he'd be even more dangerous if he were an explosive rusher.

Rookie projection: Smith will be a part of the leo rotation but he won't get many reps, maybe five to seven per game.