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.