Quanterus Smith Scouting Report

December 12th, 2012

Quanterus Smith has intriguing potential as a pass rusher

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Prospect: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 249 lb.
Grade: 6.9 (Grading Scale)


  • Tall and thin with a frame to add weight
  • Has some burst off the snap, top end speed to win around corner
  • Exposed by quicker opponents in the open field, change of direction skills limited
  • Flexible hips to dip around the edge as a pass rusher


  • Prevalent motor as pass rusher and in pursuit, gets to the ball often
  • Understands the gameplan, disciplined pass rusher vs. various quarterback types
  • Overall energy level is high

Pass Rush:

  • Works bullrush to some effectiveness, lacks combination moves
  • Can become swim move reliant, but his swim move is very effective
  • Initial punch can be lacking at times, but his hands are generally active
  • Unpredictable pass rusher who can get around the corner or shoot through gaps
  • Leverages quarterback well, doesn’t often run past him

Run Support:

  • Plays gap sound and always sets the edge with his outside shoulder free
  • High pad level and lean frame limit ability to anchor when head up
  • Ball aware, locates it early and has ability to shed and pursue


  • Naturally plays high, bullrush and anchor vs. run require bending
  • Plays with arms extended to separate and not get locked up
  • Ability to disengage and close on the ball quickly shown vs. run and pass


Quanterus Smith notched 12.5 sacks before his senior season came to an end due to a torn ACL against Louisiana-Lafayette.  He had a very productive season and was consistently a disruptive force for the Hilltopper defense.  Smith is a polished prospect with room to grow.  His natural ability paired with his understanding of the game are enough to ensure a middle round pick despite injury question marks.  If he can make a full recovery from the ACL injury there will be little to worry about.  In his previous three seasons at Western Kentucky, Smith had not missed a game due to injury.  The injury will limit him when it comes to draft workouts and off-season activities, but a team who can afford to be patient while he works his way back as a rookie may see it pay off as soon as he gets healthy.  His level of production and polished skills tell me he can produce immediately.
Report by Darren Page


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One Response to “Quanterus Smith Scouting Report”

  1. adminLions says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions go after him if he’s falling on draft Saturday. Could be high-upside replacement for Willie Young if he gets offers elsewhere.

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