Nolan Smith
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Smith at the 2023 NFL Combine
No. 3 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2001-01-18) January 18, 2001 (age 23)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:IMG Academy
(Bradenton, Florida)
College:Georgia (2019–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:18
Sacks:1.0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Nolan Sental Smith Jr. (born January 18, 2001) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, where he was a two-time CFP national champion before being selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Smith played for IMG Academy in high school but also attended Calvary Day School in Savannah, Georgia. Over the course of two years Smith played in 15 games totaling 88 tackles, 10.5 sacks, an interception, and he forced fumble.[1] Nolan was rated as the number one player in the country and 20th best all-time by 247Sports.com and his comparison was Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack.[2] As a senior he was named to the USA Today All-USA high school football team and a first-team All-American by MaxPreps.[3] Smith signed to play college football for the University of Georgia.

College career

Smith with Georgia in 2021

Smith saw 11 games in his freshman season. In these games Smith recorded 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In the home opener against Murray State, Smith had 1.5 sacks and 3 tackles.[4]

Smith played in all 10 regular season games. In these games Nolan's stat line was 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Smith started his first game against Tennessee. In this game he would only have one tackle. In the season opener vs Arkansas, Smith would tally 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks.[5]

Smith played in 11 games. In the SEC opener against South Carolina, Smith would record a career high 8 tackles and he would also force a fumble. In the game vs Vanderbilt, Smith was named a team captain. Against rival Florida, Smith forced a fumble and got his first interception of his career in just a 39-second span.[6] Against Missouri, Smith blocked a punt that resulted in a safety. Smith's final stats were 40 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and one interception.[7] Smith announced that he would return to Georgia for his senior season in 2022 rather than enter the 2022 NFL draft.[8]

On October 29, 2022, Smith exited the game against Florida, tearing a pectoral muscle and prematurely ending his season.[9][10] Smith finished the season with seven tackles, three sacks, and 16 quarterback hurries.

Professional career

Smith ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the 2023 NFL Combine, making him the second-fastest defensive lineman since 2003 after Amaré Barno (2022).[11][12]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
32+58 in
(0.83 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.39 s 1.52 s 2.51 s 41.5 in
(1.05 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
All values from the NFL Combine[13][14]

Smith was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2023 NFL draft.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Nolan Smith's High School Football Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "Nolan Smith, Georgia Bulldogs, Linebacker". 247Sports. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Nolan Smith Timeline Events". 247sports.com. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "Nolan Smith Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Nolan Smith Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Vitale, Joe (October 30, 2021). "Absolutely wild ending to first half results in 3 Georgia TDs". University of Georgia Wire. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Nolan Smith Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Crowell, Evan (January 17, 2022). "Nolan Smith Returns To Georgia". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  9. ^ Schlabach, Mark; Thamel, Pete (November 1, 2022). "Sources: Georgia LB Smith out rest of season". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  10. ^ Salvador, Joseph (November 1, 2022). "Report: Georgia Loses Top Pass-Rusher to Significant Injury". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  11. ^ Weiszer, Marc (March 2, 2023). "Georgia football's Nolan Smith wows at NFL combine with 40-yard dash, vertical jump". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  12. ^ Sullivan, Tyler (March 3, 2023). "NFL combine 2023: Georgia edge rusher runs faster 40-yard dash than Saquon Barkley, outjumps DK Metcalf". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  13. ^ "Nolan Smith Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  14. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Nolan Smith College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  15. ^ Hurley, Sage (April 28, 2023). "Eagles select LB Nolan Smith with the 30th overall pick". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved July 23, 2023.