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Sleeper edge rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:35 am

He didn’t play at a big time program, but this edge pass rusher has a skill set that has him on the radar of a lot of NFL clubs here on Day 3 of the NFL draft.

Western Kentucky’s Quanterus Smith is coming off a knee injury that kept him from testing this spring, but his pass rush ability and his performance against top flight talent like Alabama last season has Smith as a popular conversation topic in NFL draft rooms.

Bills scout Brian Fisher believes the Hilltoppers’ best pass rusher does have something to offer at the NFL level.

“He’s got good height, length, best as an edge rusher,” said Fisher. “He’s got good speed off the edge. He does a really good job I think. He can hesitate and burst by guys. He’s got a little bend and balance turning the corner. He needs to improve as a run defender both with his reactions and his ability of hand use. He needs to play with lower pad level. He’s a guy as an edge rusher that has ability to come in as a designated pass rush guy and give you quality snaps there. Played very well against Alabama against an extremely talented offensive line. That was his best game this year. He was productive up until the injury.”

The Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year last season had three sacks and a forced fumble against Alabama as he effectively bent the corner facing one of the nation’s best offensive lines.

Smith (6’5” 250) has 24 sacks over the last three seasons including 12.5 in a shortened 2012 in which he played in just 19 games before the injury. He’s projected as a seventh-round pick or priority free agent.

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