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POLL: Grading The Los Angeles Rams’ Selection Of Tulane DT Tanzel Smart

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The Rams added some DL talent with the kid out of New Orleans.

Tulane DT Tanzel Smart
Tulane DT Tanzel Smart
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With the 189th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams drafted Tulane DT Tanzel Smart.

Here’s his major NFL.com draft profile notes:

STRENGTHS

Excited to play football on every single rep. Times up snap and is quick into the neutral zone. Always searching for the ball. Uses hand quickness to disengage and tackle on time. Good football instincts and quick to recognize and react to screens. Plays with quick hands and quick feet that get him in position to make plays. Gets to blocker's edge with low center of gravity to drive up the field and disrupt. Able to fill a stat sheet up against both run and pass. Feet and hands are a whirlwind of action that never stop looking for improved positioning. Catches blockers under their pads and has the leg drive to bull them back into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES

Short and squatty frame. Matched up against below average competition on most weeks. Plays straight-legged which limits his change of direction. Lack of length causes him to swing and miss in tackle attempts against shifty runners. May not have enough raw power to make up for his lack of size. Long-armed guards can stab his chest and stick him in neutral.


Poll

What grade do you guys assign for this selection?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    A
    (594 votes)
  • 43%
    B
    (878 votes)
  • 19%
    C
    (400 votes)
  • 4%
    D
    (89 votes)
  • 2%
    F
    (56 votes)
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