Draft Profile: Sutton Smith, Edge Defender, NIU


Sutton Smith
Edge Defender, Northern Illinois
6’0”, 225 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus All-American, Chuck Bednarik Award semi-finalist, Ted Hendricks Award finalist, MAC Defensive Player of the Year, 3x MAC West Player of the Week, most decorated defensive player in NIU history

– Dominant hand rusher
– Great lateral speed
– Exceptional pass rush skill

– Bullied in run game
– Lack of useful strength
– A lot of false steps

Sutton Smith is projected to go between the 4th and 6th rounds. Considering his lack of ability to play against the run, I think the 4th round is a high probability. Look for him to go near the end of the 5th or later.