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DE Justin Smith - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 270Born: 9-30-1979College: MissouriDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Summary

Smith is somewhat of an unsung hero and underappreciated as to how important a role he plays in the 49ers defense. His rare combination of brute strength and agility enables him to stand his ground and control the LOS in the run game as well as tie up blockers on pass plays, which frees up his teammates so the ILBs can make tackles and the OLBs get sacks. When Smith missed two games in 2012, OLB Aldon Smith was negatively impacted and noticeably less productive. Fortunately, he has been remarkably durable. Other than those two games and one missed game as a rookie, he has played 205 of 208 possible regular season games in a 13 season career still going strong. Smith has also been extremely consistent, his 6.5 sacks last season were within 2 sacks of his career high (8.5 sacks twice, in his 2001 rookie season with the Bengals, and in 2010 with the 49ers). Historically a strong tackler for a 3-4 DE (always ranging between the 40s-50s in his first dozen seasons), he did see a dip in solo tackles below 40 for the first time in 2013 (32). (May 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 39, 42, 43, 43
DE Dynasty - 39, 31, 51

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2011 SF 16 45 13 6.5 3 1 0 2 0
2012 SF 14 47 18 3 0 1 0 2 0
2013 SF 16 32 17 5.5 1 0 0 0 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 38 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 37 * * * * * * *

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Footballguys Articles

Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers
  Jene Bramel - April 17
Eyes of the Guru: Part 8
  John Norton - July 30
Eyes of the Guru: Part 7
  John Norton - July 25
Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers (Post-OTA Update)
  Jene Bramel - July 5
Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers (Post-Draft Update)
  Jene Bramel - June 1

Latest News

49ers | Justin Smith sits out (Fri Jul 25, 09:22 PM) - San Francisco 49ers DT Justin Smith (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, July 25.

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49ers | Two miss practice (Thu Jul 24, 07:55 PM) - San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (shoulder) and OT Anthony Davis (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, July 24. They are both expected to return in the near future.

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49ers| Justin Smith feels fully healthy (Wed Jul 23, 04:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (shoulder) said he is fully healthy entering training camp after offseason shoulder surgery.

Our View: A healthy Smith is a dangerous Smith. The 49ers will be cautious with their star player as they go through training camp.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Chicago Bears
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6@ St. Louis Rams
7@ Denver Broncos
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs St. Louis Rams
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ New York Giants
12vs Washington Redskins
13vs Seattle Seahawks
14@ Oakland Raiders
15@ Seattle Seahawks
16vs San Diego Chargers
17vs Arizona Cardinals