With their 4th round selection the Giants have taken Edge Elerson Smith out of Northern Iowa. Smith has ideal size and frame for an edge rusher at 6.6″ and 245 pounds. He’s a little on the light side against the run, but his explosion and quickness off the line will give offensive lineman fits.
Smith registered 11 sacks in 2019 and a total 69 pressures in his one full season for the Panthers. He showed his athleticism by even playing some coverage snaps. Smith had intended to play in 2020 and prove he could play better against the run, but the FCS then moved it’s season to a spring session and Smith decided to opt-out and enter the draft.
ELERSON SMITH ADDS QUICKNESS OFF THE EDGE
Draft Network had this to say about him, “Elerson Smith plays with good athleticism with regards to his agility on the edge. He has excellent length and projects with more value as an edge defender. He has good agility as a rusher but struggles against the run. He doesn’t have the frame or play strength to hold up in the NFL trenches, which is why he is best suited as an EDGE defender. All in all, he has upside as a pass rusher in subpackages“