Preston Smith
Preston Smith
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Packers focused heavily on their pass rush during the offseason, and Smith will be counted on to improve that area in his first season with the team. His sack production varied the last four years with the Redskins, but he has recorded 24 sacks over 64 career games. Smith started every game the last three years, and the contract he signed indicates the Packers are planning to use him in the same role. His snap count is unlikely to change significantly, though, so don't expect a major difference in his fantasy output. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Packers in March of 2019.
Continues to impress
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 16, 2019
Smith posted two tackles, a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Vikings.
Smith once again made an impact by picking off Kirk Cousins late in the second half. The fifth-year pro now has seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups and an interception through two games. His low tackle count makes him a risky IDP asset, but Smith clearly has upside in the fantasy realm.
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Measurables Review
How do Preston Smith's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.74 sec
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Bench Press
24 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smith has certainly lived up to expectations since the Redskins made him a second-round pick back in 2015, as the linebacker has totaled 20.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups (with three picks) and four forced fumbles without missing a single game. However, he doesn't have the responsibility in run support that other defenders do, which has consistently led to underwhelming tackle totals over the past three seasons. With his role in that area unlikely to expand anytime soon, it's difficult to keep Smith in the IDP conversation ahead of the 2018 season.
It's no secret Smith took a step back last season after posting an impressive eight sacks to go along with 35 combined tackles and three forced fumble during his 2015 rookie campaign. However, the 24-year-old still managed to record 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and three passes defended in 2016, starting in all 16 contests. The Redskins spent the offseason loading up on the defensive side of the ball which could put Smith in line for his best season yet.
Smith’s rookie season in 2015 saw him record an impressive 8.0 sacks to go along with 35 combined tackles and four forced fumble. There is no question that Smith is a promising player on a Redskins defense that struggled quite a bit in 2015, surrendering just over 380 yards per game to opposing offenses during the regular season. The second-year player out of Mississippi State will be in the mix among the Redskins’ front seven this season and, if he can continue improving on last season’s success, could be a deeper-league IDP at some point during the year, especially if Ryan Kerrigan or another pass-rusher were to go down with an injury.
2nd round draft pick, Smith is expected to compete with Trent Murphy for time at outside linebacker. Smith is better suited for a 4-3 offensive system but comes into camp as one of the team's best pass rushers. He should see time on the field immediately but may struggle in pass coverage.
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Major impact in Packers debut
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 6, 2019
Smith had five tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's victory over the Bears.
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Returns to practice
LBGreen Bay Packers
August 10, 2019
Smith (back) was back at practice Saturday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Dealing with back injury
LBGreen Bay Packers
August 6, 2019
Smith did not participate in team drills Tuesday due to back tightness, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Joining overhaul in Green Bay
LBWashington Redskins
March 12, 2019
Smith will sign with the Packers, Rob Demovsky of reports.
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Unlikely to return to D.C.
LBWashington Redskins
February 20, 2019
The Redskins aren't likely to use their franchise tag on Smith during the offseason, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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