Green Bay Packers: Second round prospects of interest

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Nov 16, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) and defensive tackle Roy Philon (93) celebrate after a defensive stop during the second half of play against the Houston Cougars at Papa John

Nov 16, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) and defensive tackle Roy Philon (93) celebrate after a defensive stop during the second half of play against the Houston Cougars at Papa John

1. Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville – 6-3, 251 pounds

Why he makes sense: Marcus Smith is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class.  He came to Louisville as a quarterback, but made a fantastic conversion to defensive end.  He has shown great ability to rush the quarterback as a stand-up linebacker – which would be his role for the Packers.  He’s actually better in space than you might expect.  He displays great bend and athleticism as an edge rusher and could be a great compliment to Clay Matthews in the Packer’s scheme.  His high character and coachable attitude are also a plus. 

Why he might not:  Smith is receiving a variety of pre-draft grades.  Some feel that he might not be picked until the end of the 3rd round.  So, the second round could potentially be a reach.   He also needs work in setting the edge against the run.  He sometimes relies to heavily on speed and quickness and needs to get stronger for the NFL. 

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