A third-fourth round edge pass rusher to consider Dan Leberfeld

Q)Are you more comfortable rushing as a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 end?

Chris Smith – Arkansas: It doesn’t matter to me. I was blessed to get a lot of sacks standing up and blessed to get a lot of sacks with my hand in the ground. So that’s one thing I am just going to try to do is just be versatile.

Q)What separates you from other pass rushers in this class?

Smith: I feel like just my get-off and just being a student of the game. I am one of
those that’s a film junkie. I try to pick up people’s weaknesses as far as offensive line. That’s one thing about [pass rushing], especially at the next level; everybody is good. So I feel like the film study is very important.

Q)What is your favorite pass rush move?

Smith: Favorite pass rush move is just the speed rush. But I got a little Dwight Freeney in my game, I guess, my senior year. I am kind of working on the spin so I like the spin a lot, too.

Q)What is your best role on the next level?

Smith: Just getting after the passer as far as the next level. I know it is a passing league. Getting sacks is very big in this league. So that’s just one thing I want to bring to a team is that great pass rush.

Q)On draft day what it will be like when you get the call?

Smith: It’s going to feel like a dream come true. Me being from Salisbury, North Carolina,
I am the first person ever in history to [go] to the NFL Combine. Just being a role model for the kids and they’re looking up to me. I am telling them that you can do to it as far as hard work. That’s one thing you dream about as a little kid, (being) in the NFL. Just can’t wait.

Q)How helpful is having long arms as a pass rusher?

Smith: As far as the pass rush, I feel like I use that in pass rushing. And in the run game
it really helps me out too. If it can help me at the next level, I’m all for it.