Jaylon Smith
Jaylon Smith
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Dallas Cowboys
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $64 million contract with the Cowboys in August of 2019.
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.
ANALYSIS
Given the career-threatening nerve damage to his knee he suffered in college and the fact that he sat out an entire year rehabbing the injury after being drafted in 2016, it's somewhat remarkable that Smith has played in 48 straight games over the last three seasons, much less emerged as one of fantasy football's best IDP assets. The 24-year-old tied for sixth in the NFL in total tackles and he even showed improvement in pass coverage, allowing an 84.3 QB rating on 51 passes tossed his way in 2019. Smith should once again anchor the middle of the Dallas defense in 2020.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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528
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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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2017
2016
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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Eight stops in losing effort
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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
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December 17, 2019
Smith posted five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Rams.
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Big effort in loss
LBDallas Cowboys
December 6, 2019
Smith recorded eight tackles (six solo), three defended passes and one fumble recovery in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears.
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Huge tackling day
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November 29, 2019
Smith recorded 14 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
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Team-high eight stops Sunday
LBDallas Cowboys
November 25, 2019
Smith recorded a team-high eight tackles and a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
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