Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Smith's career in red and gold got off to a terrible start when a pectoral injury landed the linebacker on injured reserve before logging an official snap with his new club. All reports are that the veteran should be ready for the start of the 2018 season, and he figures to immediately step into a starting outside linebacker role. The 27-year-old racked up an impressive 225 combined tackles over his two years as a full starter in Oakland, so he could make an immediate IDP impact so long as he stays on the field this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2017.
Restructures deal with Niners
LBSan Francisco 49ers
March 10, 2019
Smith agreed to a restructured contract in order to remain with the 49ers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
The specifics of Smith's deal aren't available, but his salary was significantly reduced from the $3.75 million he was initially due. Smith has only played in 12 games over two years with San Francisco, recording 35 tackles (22 solo) and a pass breakup while averaging just 28 defensive snaps per game. He'll likely face competition in camp for the starting job again.
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Measurables Review
How do Malcolm 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.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
6' 0"
225 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
Shuttle Time
4.54 sec
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
Broad Jump
125 in
Bench Press
28 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
One thing that became apparent after NaVorro Bowman was placed on IR last season was that the 49ers lacked depth at the linebacker position. The first step general manager John Lynch took to address the issue this offseason was the acquisition of Smith, an unrestricted free agent, from the Raiders. The seven-year pro led Oakland with 103 total tackles last year, but he will have to wait to make his debut with San Francisco until 2018 after tearing a pectoral muscle in camp and being placed on season-ending IR.
Signed away from Seattle in free agency prior to 2015, Smith transformed himself from a special teams linebacker into a three-down workhorse in Oakland, playing 1,141 snaps and finishing the year with 122 tackles (99 solo), four sacks and one interception. The sack production was a pleasant surprise – Smith likely would have been taken more fora coverage linebacker than a blitzer before last year – yet there's reason to think Smith can repeat as a successful blitzer in a highly athletic and disruptive Oakland front seven that should pressure the quarterback regularly in 2016.
Smith is entering his first season in a Raiders' uniform after playing the first four years of his NFL career for the Seahawks. He recorded 37 tackles (27 solo) and two forced fumbles in 2014 and he'll definitely see some time at one of the outside linebacker positions in 2015.
From seventh-round pick in 2011 to Super Bow MVP in 2014. Smith was a no-name linebacker before he intercepted Richard Sherman's game-saving tipped pass in the NFC Championship last season, but he was a key reserve throughout the year, playing both the strongside and weakside spots and making eight starts. He got better as the year went on, intercepting a pass in four of the last five games, including the playoffs, and averaging seven tackles a game in that span. He could start this season if Bruce Irvin is not healthy to begin the year or is ineffective.
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Loses starting job late in year
LBSan Francisco 49ers
January 25, 2019
Smith finished with 35 tackles (22 solo) in 12 games this season.
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Records season high in tackles
LBSan Francisco 49ers
December 3, 2018
Smith recorded seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle.
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More snaps on tap
LBSan Francisco 49ers
November 28, 2018
Smith (Achilles) will receive increased playing time following the 49ers' decision to waive Reuben Foster, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Expected to start second consecutive week
LBSan Francisco 49ers
November 10, 2018
Smith is expected to start at weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (hamstring), who will miss his second straight game according to the 49ers' team site.
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Will start at weak-side linebacker
LBSan Francisco 49ers
November 1, 2018
Smith will start at weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (hamstring), who has been ruled out of Thursday's contest against the Raiders, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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