October 20, 2012; Louisville, KY USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) and safety Jermaine Reve (27) sack South Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels (7) for a loss during the first half of play at Papa John
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: