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Chargers Coach Works Out Louisville DE Marcus Smith During Pro Day


Marcus Smith worked out during his Pro Day with the Louisville Cardinals last month and a Chargers coach (possibly Coach Joe Barry) was running the drills. Smith was primarily a defensive end with the Louisville Cardinals, but he was participating in some linebacker drills during his Pro Day. He has the ability to line up all along the defense and was a moveable chess piece for the Cardinals defense.

Here is footage of him during his workout:

Smith is a 6-foot-3, 251 tweener. He could work in as a rush linebacker or be a down lineman when the team goes into a nickel or dime package.

He currently is projected to be taken in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. There will be some question marks on how he will project in the league. He has some experience playing at linebacker in college, but he would mainly be used in that capacity if he were drafted by the Chargers. During his workouts during his Pro Day and during the Senior Bowl, Smith showed that he has the potential to be good in coverage as a linebacker. He was able to keep up with tight ends during Senior Bowl drills and that could play a huge part in team’s decisions to draft him.

Here are some highlights of Smith during his college career:

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  • Julien Bélair

    he seems really good !

  • Julien Bélair

    he is not a big hitter but he uses his arms dry well, wrap up and he is a playmaker. Always after the ball

  • gpack17

    I actually like him better than van noy and barr…I feel like a possible round 2 target for smith or lawrence is where we could be headed…

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    The only reason I don’t talk about him more is because of Jeremiah Attaochu.
    I know one thing….Telesco is definitely trying to address the pass rush.

    • Derek

      I think attouchu is a better rusher and run defender but smith can cover zone better. Attouchu is better but smith might have more potential. I’d be happy with attouchu in the 3rd. Smith looks at the same level as tourek when he came in.

  • Dave O

    Looks impressive. Very fluid movements and seems like he might be decent in coverage.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Yep, that was definitely Joe Barry doing the workout. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ll be drafting an OLB within the first three rounds at this point.

    • Lee

      i think TT might even take one in the 1st round

      • Sergio Quintero

        If Ford or Barr (stranger things have happened) is there at 25, they have to at least consider changing what seems to be their plan of CB/NT.

        • afroamongfew

          By “their plan” don’t you mean “what everyone assumes they will take”? It’s not like TT is Shad Khan going out there and proclaiming “OH WE’RE GOING TO DRAFT MULTIPLE QUARTERBACKS”. Don’t be surprised if “the plan” was to wait until later in the draft to address those positions, all along.

  • blu3ny3llow

    I’m all for some more pass rushers…but really hoping Cordarro Law does good n is a beast for us……maybe its cus I love the under dog story…..but got a good feeling about him