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Outside linebacker Will Smith from Texas Tech has a chance to prove he can replace Bruce Carter or Justin Durant who are entering contract year’s

By Matthew Postins

PostinsPostcards.com

Meet Will Smith, the Cowboys’ Seventh-Round Pick

The Dallas Cowboys selected Texas Tech outside linebacker Will Smith with their seventh-round (No. 238 overall) selection on Saturday afternoon. Find out more about him below:

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 231 pounds

Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Smith as the No. 273 overall prospect and the No. 25 draft prospect at outside linebacker. CBSSports.com graded him a seventh-round pick.

The skinny: Holiday Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player… ESPN Big 12 All-Bowl Team… All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)… Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference (1st Team)… AP All-Big 12 (1st Team)… Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (4th Team)… played in all 13 games (13 starts) with 120 tackles (86 solo), 10. 5 tackles for loss (37 yards), 4.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a fumble return for a touchdown… 120 total tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 193)… 86 solo tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 124)… either led the team or tied for team lead in tackles in 9-of-13 games… made 48 tackles in three consecutive games (vs. Baylor/at Texas/vs. Arizona State) which marked the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 52)… became the first Red Raider with eight or more tackles in seven consecutive games since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 9)… Fourth in solo tackles (86)… fifth in solo tackles/game (6.6)… 15th in total tackles in a single-game (18 at Texas)… 18th among active players in career solo tackles/game (4.6)… 22nd in total tackles (120)… 34th in total tackles/game (9.2)… BIG 12 RANKINGS: led the league in solo tackles (86)… second in total tackles in a single-game (18 at Texas)… third in total tackles (120)… third in total tackles/game (9.2)… 11th in sacks (4.5)… 11th in sacks/game (0.35)… 11th in assisted tackles (34)… led all players with 14 tackles (10 solo), including two tackles for loss helping the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) at the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego… Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP.

What Cowboys are getting: A guy who could play either strong-side linebacker or weak-side linebacker in this system. He was a productive tackler at Texas Tech and grew as a player his senior year. The speed is not elite for the position but is solid enough to contribute.

Postins’ Take: Of all of the players the Cowboys took Smith is the player that has the least amount of information out there related to scouting. What I know is this – his body type is a good fit for the Cover 2 and both of the Cowboys’ expected starting outside linebackers, Bruce Carter and Justin Durant, are in contract years. He’ll get a chance to prove he’s worth a roster spot.

More on Will Smith

Read Smith’s Texas Tech Bio

Read Smith’s CBSSports.com Scouting Report

Read Smith’s NFL.com Scouting Report

Video

Will Smith Holiday Bowl highlights

Will Smith senior highlights

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