Jaylon Smith
Jaylon Smith
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Dallas Cowboys
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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 his pass-rushing upside (four sacks last year) helps offset the ceiling Smith might have otherwise. Smith should keep improving as he shakes off rust from his awful injury at Notre Dame. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $6.49 million contract with the Cowboys in May of 2016.
Wraps up impressive season
LBDallas Cowboys
January 19, 2019
Smith finished the regular season with 121 tackles, four sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.
The 23-year-old justified the risk the Cowboys took in the 2016 draft when they selected him early in the second round despite a devastating knee injury that, at the time, seemed to put his career in jeopardy. Smith paired with rookie Leighton Vander Esch to form one of the league's best young linebacking duos, and as long as they can both stay healthy, they should give the Dallas defense a strong core for the foreseeable future.
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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.
6' 2"
245 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
Hand Length
9.50 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Scores on fumble recovery
LBDallas Cowboys
December 24, 2018
Smith had 10 tackles (five solo) and returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
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Leads defense in tackles
LBDallas Cowboys
December 18, 2018
Smith had 11 solo tackles in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts.
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Tallies nine tackles
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November 30, 2018
Smith had nine tackles (six solo) in Thursday's 13-10 win over the Saints.
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Adds another sack
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November 23, 2018
Smith had six solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Thursday's 31-23 win over the Redskins.
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Earns third sack
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October 8, 2018
Smith posted 12 tackles (six solo) and a sack in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Texans.
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