In the heart of SEC Country Dawuane Smoot might not be a household name - yet. The 6'3'' pass rusher had decent production in college, but it's the traits he brings to the Jaguars that have Tom Coughlin and the rest of the Jaguars brass so excited about Smoot. He has quickness, speed, and knows how to use his hands.
Smoot never had "elite" college production, but he regularly flashed the traits mentioned before. He shows the ability to rip inside with strong hand use, the ability to bend the edge with an explosive first step and nice flexibility.
So, where does he fit in with the Jaguars?
Smoot could push Dante Fowler for playing time as a weak side pass rusher, but it might make more sense for him to put on weight in order to play strong side defensive end. He'll likely start out as a rotational guy, subbing in for Calais Campbell at strong side end and 3 tech in clear passing situations.
Having a combination of Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Dawuane Smoot, and Dante Fowler available in clear pass rushing situations is very appealing, and should greatly worry the offensive line coaches around the AFC South.
Smoot fills a need for the Jaguars and could end up being a much better pro than he was a college player.
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