Za’Darius Smith should’ve been a first-team All-Pro in 2019. Somehow, he didn’t make any of the All-Pro teams and was a Pro Bowl alternate before eventually making the NFC team.
Maybe it’s because Smith only became a full-time starter last season with the Packers and he’s slipped under the radar, but based on performances, Smith had an All-Pro season.
“Z” led the league with 37 quarterback hits. According to Pro Football Focus, he also led all edge defenders in the NFL with 93 pressures. Smith also had a team-best 13.5 sacks last season.
A leader, a great teammate, and one of the league’s best pass rushers, the Packers hit a home run by signing Smith in free agency last spring. The Baltimore Ravens must be wondering what they were thinking by not re-signing Smith.
Smith should’ve been a first-team All-Pro last season, proving the Packers right for giving him a $66 million contract.
This year, Smith will once again be one of the most important players on defense for Green Bay. While second-year Rashan Gary will play more snaps, Smith is still key to the success of the Packers’ pass rush.
With another dominant season, Smith will prove why he should be a first-team All-Pro.