Cameron Smith: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith has the potential to go very high in the 2018 NFL draft. Read how high he could go in the 2018 NFL draft.

College: USC #35USC Football

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-2

Weight: 235

40 Time: 4.64



  • Wrestled and played baseball in high school.
  • Freshman All-American from multiple sources in 2015.
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2015.
  • Pac 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2015.
  • Second-team All-Pac 12 in 2016.
  • Torn knee ligaments that required surgery ended his 2015 season.
  • A shoulder sprain, along with knee surgery limited Cameron Smith’s participation during spring practice 2016.
  • Intercepted three passes in 2015 upset over #3 Utah.
  • Ejected from 2017 Rose Bowl for targeting.

NFL Draft Board Breakdown

The NFL Draft Board.

Cameron Smith is the second USC Trojan to show up on the NFL Draft Board. Sam Darnold, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, sits on top of the NFL Draft Board at number one.

Smith also comes in behind Texas Longhorn Linebacker Malik Jefferson. But inside linebackers aren’t as valuable as they once were.

Historical Reference: Linebackers, Ryan, Walsh, & Bears’ 46

Buddy Ryan created the 46 defense when he dropped strong safety Doug Plank, number 46 for whom the defense was named after, down into a linebacker position and put Wilbur Marshall, the sam linebacker, over the tight end. Ryan created a 5-3 defense with, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, William Perry and Wilbur Marshall making the five. And, Mike Singletary, Otis Wilson, and Doug Plank comprising the three. Eight All-Pros, if not Hall of Famers.

Buddy Ryan created the perfect defense. The matchup produced absolute chaos in the offense. Every team lined up in a two wide receiver set for the most part. The quarterback never had time to set up, and the eight man box stuffed any run attack.

Enter the offensive genius of Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh created the West Coast Offense. Walsh created an offense built upon a three wide receiver set. With three wide receivers the defense couldn’t drop the strong safety into the box. Thus, the end of the 46 defense’s dominant era.

Receivers and Rushers

Any team that leads with a two back set, leaves themselves open to the 46 defense. Therefore, most pro sets do not feature a two back set.

This created the rise of the NFL passing game, along with rule changes.

With the rise of the passing game, came the rise of the edge rusher. And, the decline of the middle linebacker.

Cameron Smith’s 2018 NFL Draft Prospects

Cameron Smith is a top five draft choice prospect, for the 1980 NFL draft. Unfortunately, in 2018 Cameron Smith will fall to the middle of the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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