Jaylon Smith

Jaylon Smith

26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a contract with the Giants in December of 2021.
Picks up first sack
LBNew York Giants
January 4, 2022
Smith notched seven tackles (five solo) and one sack during Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Bears.
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Smith has now handled roughly 70 percent of defensive snaps in back-to-back games with the Giants. The former Cowboys star is scheduled for free agency this offseason, so he will have every incentive to keep up his momentum during Week 18's regular-season finale against Washington.
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Measurables Review
How do Jaylon Smith's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
245 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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250 days ago
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If Smith's role remains the same as it has the last two years then move him up the rankings. The question is whether that role is truly safe, especially in light of Dallas drafting linebacker mega-prospect Micah Parsons with the 12th overall pick this year. Parsons is a threat to take up a bigger share of the defense than the retired Sean Lee did, and that's before you account for how free-agent pickup Keanu Neal fits in at linebacker. If Parsons and Neal stay to the side, though, then Smith is still the same guy who produced 296 tackles the last two years.
Smith is a strong LB2 IDP with LB1 upside, but it's probably best to assume some regression in his 2020 tackle production. That's because teammate and fellow linebacker Leighton Vander Esch piles up tackles at a significantly higher rate than Smith, and it's likely that Vander Esch's neck injury from last year is the primary reason Smith posted a career high 142 tackles in 2019 after finishing the 2018 season with 121. Still, Smith's IDP value should withstand any potential tackle regression given his steady contributions as a blitzer, totaling 6.5 sacks over his last 1,991 snaps.
It's implausible for linebacker teammates to rank in the top 10 for IDPs, but Smith produced at a torrid pace last year alongside Leighton Vander Esch. His 120 tackles came on a sustainable 976 snaps, and his rookie year rate was even better (81 on 578 snaps). Vander Esch's arrival explains the drop in 2018, so it's best to expect that tackle rate rather than the rookie-year one, but Smith's pass-rushing talent (four sacks last year) helps offset any concern. Smith should keep improving as he shakes off rust from his awful injury at Notre Dame.
A brutal knee injury involving nerve damage threw Smith's career into some question about 2.5 years ago, but his performance last year gives hope that he will prove Dallas right for gambling on him in the second round of the 2016 draft. Smith was eased into the lineup last year playing 578 snaps, but his 81 tackles were a high total for that workload. While it can't be assumed that he'll take on a true three-down role, especially after the first-round selection of Leighton Vander-Esch, Smith should still hit triple-digit tackles if he approaches 800 snaps.
It's anyone's guess whether Smith actually plays this year, and in the event that he does, it's fair to wonder if he'll be healthy enough to stay on the field. The talented Notre Dame product was on track for a place in the first 10 picks of the 2016 draft before a profoundly bad knee injury tore ligaments and caused nerve damage, but going into the summer there has only been optimism surrounding his recovery. If he's able, he will likely start at middle linebacker, which would give him a considerable ceiling to offset the subterranean floor.
A devastating knee injury that included nerve damage ended a fantastic college career for Smith and took him out of a possible top five draft spot, but the Cowboys were comfortable enough with the risks involved that they selected him early in the second round anyway. It'll be a long hard road to recovery for the linebacker, with no guarantee at the end that he'll be able to return to form, but if he does the Cowboys will have a dynamic, game-changing player in the middle of their defense. Don't expect to see him on the field in 2016, though.
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Signed to active roster
LBNew York Giants
December 20, 2021
Smith was signed to the Giants' active roster Monday.
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Set to join New York
LBNew York Giants
December 18, 2021
Smith was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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Signs with practice squad
LBFree Agent
December 17, 2021
Smith signed with the Giants' practice squad Friday, Michael Elson of the Giants' official site reports.
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Participates in tryout Wednesday
LBFree Agent
December 8, 2021
Smith had a tryout with the Titans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
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Released by Green Bay
LBFree Agent
November 2, 2021
Smith was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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