Marcus Smith II
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Personal information
Born: (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 (age 32)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Hardaway (Columbus, Georgia)
College:Louisville (2010–2013)
NFL draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:38
Forced fumbles:2
Player stats at · PFR

Marcus Smith II (born March 31, 1992) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, and played college football for the Louisville Cardinals.

Early years

Smith attended Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia. He played quarterback for Hardaway, passing for more than 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns, while adding 227 yards rushing and four touchdowns. As a senior, he was selected to the 2009 AAAA All-Region Second-team.

He was considered a three-star recruit by[1]

College career

Smith attended the University of Louisville from 2010 to 2013.

As a senior in 2013, he recorded 42 tackles, including 18.5 for loss, and 14.5 sacks, which was second nationally. He was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.[2] He was also a first-team All-American Athletic Conference (AAC) and was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+38 in
(1.91 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 4.47 s 7.48 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Philadelphia Eagles

Smith was selected 26th overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.[5]

In the 2014 season, Smith was on the field for eight of the team's 16 games.[6] On May 1, 2017, the Eagles declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Smith's contract.[7]

On July 26, 2017, Smith was waived by the Eagles.[8]

Seattle Seahawks

On July 28, 2017, Smith signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[9]

On October 1, 2017, after Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury against the Indianapolis Colts, Smith was forced into the starting defensive line rotation early in the game. He responded with the finest game of his career, recording 1.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble on Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett.[10]

On March 22, 2018, Smith re-signed with the Seahawks.[11] He was released on August 17, 2018.[12]

Washington Redskins

On December 4, 2018, Smith signed with the Washington Redskins, but was waived on December 15, 2018.[13][14] He was re-signed on December 27, 2018.[15]

Smith was waived on August 31, 2019, for final roster cuts before the start of the 2019 season.[16]


On December 2, 2020, Smith released a children's book titled Bathtime with Rai.[17]


  1. ^ Marcus Smith - Yahoo Sports
  2. ^ Louisville's Marcus Smith Named Third-Team AP All-American
  3. ^ UL's Smith Named AAC Defensive Player Of The Year
  4. ^ "DL44, Marcus Smith". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  5. ^ 2014 NFL Draft: Eagles take Marcus Smith, defensive end from Louisville, with first pick
  6. ^ "Marcus Smith playing time". Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Alper, Josh (May 1, 2017). "Report: Eagles won't exercise Marcus Smith's 2018 option".
  8. ^ McPherson, Chris. "Eagles Waive DE Marcus Smith And Sign LB Steven Daniels". Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Sessler, Marc (July 28, 2017). "Seahawks sign former first-round pick Marcus Smith".
  10. ^ Bell, Gregg (October 4, 2017). "Humbled, wise Marcus Smith gets second chance with Seahawks".
  11. ^ Williams, Charean (March 22, 2018). "Report: Marcus Smith signs one-year deal with Seahawks".
  12. ^ "Seahawks Sign LB Erik Walden, RB Justin Stockton; Terminate Contract of LB Marcus Smith, Waive CB Elijah Battle". August 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Redskins Sign Josh Johnson, Three Others; Place Quinton Dunbar, Trey Quinn And Jonathan Cooper On Injured Reserve". December 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Redskins Sign Matt Flanagan, Joshua Holsey, Andrew East; Waive Kapri Bibbs, Marcus Smith". December 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Redskins Sign Marcus Smith And Alex Carter, Place Colt McCoy And Jordan Reed On Injured Reserve". December 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "Redskins Make Roster Moves". August 31, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  17. ^ Juneau, Jen (2020). "NFL's Marcus Smith II Says His New Children's Book Is for the 'Modern Black Dads of the World'". People. Retrieved December 12, 2020.