Mazi Smith
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Smith with the Michigan Wolverines in 2022
No. 58 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2001-06-16) June 16, 2001 (age 22)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:328 lb (149 kg)
Career information
High school:East Kentwood (Kentwood, Michigan)
College:Michigan (2019–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:13
Player stats at PFR

Mazi Smith (born June 16, 2001) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Michigan and was selected by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Smith was born on June 16, 2001. He attended East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan. He was rated by ESPN as the No. 38 recruit in the Class of 2019 and the year's second best defensive tackle.[1] He is of Nigerian descent.[2]

College career

During the 2021 season, Smith started all 14 games for Michigan. He had 37 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and four quarterback hurries.[1]

In August 2022, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic rated Smith No. 1 on his annual list of college football "freaks".[3] Feldman cited Smith's size (over 325 pounds), speed (shuttle time of 4.41 seconds and three-cone drill time of 6.94 seconds), and his "rare power and agility". Feldman called Smith "so rare, in fact, it's hard to find the right superlative to begin with."[4] He was also credited with being the vocal leader of Michigan's 2022 defense.[5] At the end of the season, he was selected as a first-team player on the 2022 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

On October 7, 2022, Smith was stopped for speeding by police in Ann Arbor and was arrested after a gun was found in his possession without a concealed pistol license (CPL). Two months after his arrest, he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony. That count was dismissed on December 8, 2022, during a hearing as part of his guilty plea on the lesser charge of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
323 lb
(147 kg)
33+34 in
(0.86 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
29.5 in
(0.75 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
34 reps

Smith was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 2023 NFL draft, which was the first defensive tackle taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round since Russell Maryland in 1991.[9]

Professional statistics

Bold Career high
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck TFL SFTY PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2023 DAL 16 3 13 9 4 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 16 3 13 9 4 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Personal life

Smith's cousin T. J. Duckett played running back in the NFL.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Mazi Smith". Michigan Wolverines Athletics. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  2. ^ Murphy, Bryan (October 22, 2023). "Why NFL players are wearing flags on their helmets to promote 'International Diversity' during Week 7-8 games". Sporting News Canada. Retrieved May 20, 2024.
  3. ^ Feldman, Bruce (August 10, 2022). "College football Freaks List 2022: Bruce Feldman's rankings, with Michigan's Mazi Smith at No. 1". The Athletic. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  4. ^ McMann, Aaron (August 10, 2022). "Michigan's Mazi Smith tops college football 'freaks' list". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  5. ^ Chengelis, Angelique S. (August 16, 2022). "A 'freak' on the field, Michigan football's Mazi Smith proving to be much more than that". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  6. ^ Anderson, Elisha (December 8, 2022). "Michigan football's Mazi Smith pleads guilty to lesser weapon charge; sentencing on Dec. 29". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  7. ^ "Mazi Smith Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  8. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Mazi Smith College Football Profile". Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  9. ^ Walker, Patrik (April 27, 2023). "Mazi Smith to Cowboys as 1st-Round Pick". Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  10. ^ Nelsen, Chris (March 23, 2018). "Michigan football: Four-star Mazi Smith taking unofficial visit". Retrieved July 15, 2023.