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ILB Malcolm Smith - San Francisco 49ers

6-1, 225Born: 7-5-1989College: USCDrafted: Round 7

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Summary

Smith was set up to be a three-down WILL linebacker in Robert Saleh's defense after the 49ers signed him to a five-year, 26.5 million dollar deal in free agency. He worked with Saleh when they were together in Seattle, which culminated in Smith's Super Bowl MVP award, which led to a contract and productive starting role for the Raiders for two years. The size of his role was thrown into question when the 49ers traded back into the first round to take Reuben Foster, who also projects in the middle or on the weakside (essentially an inside linebacker in this scheme). Foster is recovering from a torn rotator cuff, which could give Smith the starting role to begin the season. Smith did struggle in coverage last year, which might make it harder to put him at strongside linebacker to make room for all three of him, Bowman, and Foster. Smith's value is uncertain and while he has a high IDP ceiling in a defense that will spend a lot of time on the field, he'll also have a low floor with the potential to only be a part-time player this year despite his starter contract. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 55, 43, 46, 53, 59
ILB Dynasty - 46, 40, 41, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 SEA 14 24 9 0 2 0 0 1 0
2015 OAK 16 99 23 4 3 0 1 6 0
2016 OAK 15 86 18 0 2 1 1 3 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 48 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 81 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1vs Carolina Panthers
2@ Seattle Seahawks
3vs Los Angeles Rams
4@ Arizona Cardinals
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6@ Washington Redskins
7vs Dallas Cowboys
8@ Philadelphia Eagles
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10vs New York Giants
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Chicago Bears
14@ Houston Texans
15vs Tennessee Titans
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Los Angeles Rams