Jaylon Smith
Jaylon Smith
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Dallas Cowboys
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Smith is a strong LB2 IDP with LB1 upside, but it's probably best to assume some regression in his 2020 tackle production. That's because teammate and fellow linebacker Leighton Vander Esch piles up tackles at a significantly higher rate than Smith, and it's likely that Vander Esch's neck injury from last year is the primary reason Smith posted a career high 142 tackles in 2019 after finishing the 2018 season with 121. Still, Smith's IDP value should withstand any potential tackle regression given his steady contributions as a blitzer, totaling 6.5 sacks over his last 1,991 snaps. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $64 million contract with the Cowboys in August of 2019.
Team-high 13 tackles Sunday
LBDallas Cowboys
September 21, 2020
Smith recorded a team-high 13 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.
ANALYSIS
The Dallas offense lost three fumbles in the first quarter, which kept Smith and the defense on the field and very busy. The linebacker has 23 tackles through two games, and with Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) sidelined, Smith should continue to post elite IDP numbers.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Jaylon 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.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
245 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
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2016
It's implausible for linebacker teammates to rank in the top 10 for IDPs, but Smith produced at a torrid pace last year alongside Leighton Vander Esch. His 120 tackles came on a sustainable 976 snaps, and his rookie year rate was even better (81 on 578 snaps). Vander Esch's arrival explains the drop in 2018, so it's best to expect that tackle rate rather than the rookie-year one, but Smith's pass-rushing talent (four sacks last year) helps offset any concern. Smith should keep improving as he shakes off rust from his awful injury at Notre Dame.
A brutal knee injury involving nerve damage threw Smith's career into some question about 2.5 years ago, but his performance last year gives hope that he will prove Dallas right for gambling on him in the second round of the 2016 draft. Smith was eased into the lineup last year playing 578 snaps, but his 81 tackles were a high total for that workload. While it can't be assumed that he'll take on a true three-down role, especially after the first-round selection of Leighton Vander-Esch, Smith should still hit triple-digit tackles if he approaches 800 snaps.
It's anyone's guess whether Smith actually plays this year, and in the event that he does, it's fair to wonder if he'll be healthy enough to stay on the field. The talented Notre Dame product was on track for a place in the first 10 picks of the 2016 draft before a profoundly bad knee injury tore ligaments and caused nerve damage, but going into the summer there has only been optimism surrounding his recovery. If he's able, he will likely start at middle linebacker, which would give him a considerable ceiling to offset the subterranean floor.
A devastating knee injury that included nerve damage ended a fantastic college career for Smith and took him out of a possible top five draft spot, but the Cowboys were comfortable enough with the risks involved that they selected him early in the second round anyway. It'll be a long hard road to recovery for the linebacker, with no guarantee at the end that he'll be able to return to form, but if he does the Cowboys will have a dynamic, game-changing player in the middle of their defense. Don't expect to see him on the field in 2016, though.
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Busy in Week 1 loss
LBDallas Cowboys
September 14, 2020
Smith tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (five solo) and added a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
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Moving to weakside LB
LBDallas Cowboys
August 7, 2020
Smith will switch places with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) in new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system and line up on the weak side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
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Concludes monster campaign
LBDallas Cowboys
January 1, 2020
Smith wrapped up 2019 with a team-high 142 tackles (83 solo) including 2.5 sacks, while adding his first career interception on nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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Eight stops in losing effort
LBDallas Cowboys
December 24, 2019
Smith made eight tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.
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Logs five tackles in win
LBDallas Cowboys
December 17, 2019
Smith posted five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Rams.
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