2017 Butkus Award
2017 AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year
I love the way that Roquan Smith attacks the ball. He tracks the ball carrier, fights through traffic, and makes the tackle. I’ve seen so many of these plays when I break down Smith’s film.
Because he bit to the inside, Smith is out of position to make a play on the ball. Showing patience on the run would have saved the touchdown.
Roquan Smith is manned up with a WR running a post route into the end zone. Not only is he able to keepsake with the receiver, but he also makes a play on the ball that could have been a touchdown. Incredible speed and an instinctive play.
I think this comparison just makes sense. Throughout his pro career with the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, Hawk was all over the field making plays, which is what I see in Roquan Smith. There are some big shoes to fill with this comparison, but I firmly believe that Roquan Smith is one that can fill them with ease.
Roquan Smith is a pure ball hawk. No matter where he comes off the board, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s going to contribute at a high level. He’s an instinctive player that’s going to be talked about all season long in 2018.