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Name: *Brandon Smith 
College: Penn State     Number: 12
Height: 6-4   Weight: 244
Position: OLB  Pos2: ILB
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.46
   40 Time: 4.52
  40 High: 4.60

> Projected Round: 2-3  Stock:   Projected High: 2nd  Low: 3-4th

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6034
Weight: 244

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40 Yard Dash (ET):
40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.53
20 Yard (ET): 2.62
20 Yard (HH): 2.57
10 Yard (ET): 1.58
10 Yard (HH): 1.56
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 37 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'08"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
Projected 4.54/-.02/No Full Workout-Choice

Dates: 03/24/22
Hand: 10 1/4  Arm: 34 5/8
Wingspan: 82 3/8

Height: 6034
Weight: 244
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.08
3-Cone Drill: 6.94

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: 12/17/21-Announced Early Entry into 2022 NFL Draft...3rdC...PButkus...2020: HMC

 *Brandon Smith, Penn State, Player News

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): LB Brandon Smith, Penn State,...Smith, who was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, was named an All-Big Ten third team honoree by the coaches...He is second on the team in tackles (81) and tackles for loss (9), and is tied for third in pass breakups (5)...Following the Auburn win, Smith was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup...Smith had a team-high nine tackles and a season-high 2.5 tackles for loss at Maryland. - Penn State Football

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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  SEPT 20 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Smith, Penn State, LB - Jr. - Louisa, Va. - Louisa County (Fla.),...Led the Nittany Lions defense with a career-high 10 tackles (six solo) in Penn State's 28-20 win over No. 22 Auburn. Bested his previous career high of eight tackles. Helped limit Auburn's offense to just 185 passing yards on 21 of 39 attempts (.538 pct.) and its lowest total offensive output of the season (369 yards)...Added one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry...Helped Penn State record its first regular season win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1990. The Nittany Lions have now defeated two ranked opponents in 2021, marking the first time that Penn State has recorded two such wins in its first three games of a season...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Robert Windsor (Nov. 12, 2018). - Big Ten Football

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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  Smith is where the conversation at linebacker starts for Penn State because he has the best combination of talent and experience. The junior linebacker has appeared in 22 games through two seasons, including starting all nine games last season. He tallied 37 total tackles, two sacks and an interception in those nine games and displayed the athleticism and instincts that made him a five-star recruit out of high school. He's most adept attacking the ball against both the pass and the run. Smith can rush the passer, using his speed and explosion to burst through the offensive line from the second level, while also having the ability to take on blocker and separate to get by.

He uses those same attributes to fill gaps and make tackles in the running game, although he does have a propensity for trying to make the big play. Sometimes it works, sometimes it results in missed tackles and assignments. His instincts can lead to big plays, but occasionally he over-pursues while hunting a big hit and can miss easy tackles. Not to mention, he sometimes fills the wrong gap in the running game at times, which allows opponents to hit the hole and make big plays of their own. Smith is a talented athlete who could be the next all-time great at LBU, but he'll need to continue to refine parts of his game. - Centre Times

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Brandon Smith,...Smith has posted 29 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and a pass breakup in his first season as a starting linebacker. At Nebraska, Smith recorded a career-best six tackles and his first career interception. He collected five tackles, including a career-high 1.5 for loss, against Ohio State. Smith contributed five tackles and a solo sack against Maryland. - Penn State Football

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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  With Parsons opting out of the season to focus on training for the 2021 NFL Draft, Smith's path to the starting role at Parsons' old strongside linebacker position cleared. The Nittany Lions won't be able to rely on Parsons' freakish athleticism anymore, but it doesn't mean they won't have a blue-chipper to replace him. That, coach James Franklin maintains, is why he's not worried about the state of a linebacking corps that lost all three starters. "We think we're in a good place," Franklin said. "You never want to lose players, but we feel like that's a position of strength."

Penn State will likely surround Smith with veteran Jesse Luketa on the weak side and productive Ellis Brooks in the middle. But the Nittany Lions also have two other five-star recruits, redshirt freshman Lance Dixon and incoming prospect Curtis Jacobs, ready to go. Not to mention, highly regarded youngsters Zuriah Fisher, Charlie Katshir and Tyler Elsdon. But with a 6-foot-3, 244-pounder in Smith, Penn State hopes it can at least minimize the effect of losing Parsons. "The sky's the limit with him," Brooks said. "It's just a matter of focusing on the details. Once he accomplishes that, his game is just going to keep going to another level." - Tribune Review

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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  Smith has one of the highest ceilings of any defensive player on the Penn State roster. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker has elite size for the position and mixes it with athleticism and length to excel in all facets of linebacker play. He made a few bone-crunching plays in 2019 that excited fans, but the former five-star recruit has plenty more to show fans this season. He's talented and ready to break out after recording two tackles for loss in limited playing time last season. The true sophomore could be the next great linebacker at Penn State once Parsons leaves the room. He's an aggressive athlete who seeks out the ball against the run and the pass in a way that can remind fans of Parsons. Smith isn't the elite pass rusher his junior teammate is, but he has the upside to get there in the future. Comparing the two former five-star recruits increases the already high expectations for Smith, but there's enough on tape of Smith to give credence to the comparison. - Centre Times

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB *Brandon SmithPenn State
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