Za'Darius Smith

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Za'Darius Smith
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Smith with the Ravens in 2015
No. 55 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-08) September 8, 1992 (age 26)
Greenville, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school:Greenville (AL)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 122
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • CollegeSportsMadness Third Team All-SEC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:119
Pass deflections:5
Forced fumbles:3
Player stats at

Za'Darius Smith (born September 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky.

Early years[edit]

Smith attended Greenville High School in Greenville, Alabama.[1] Smith played basketball in high school and didn't start playing football until his senior year.[2][3]

College career[edit]

Smith played college football for two years at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Kentucky.[4][5] In his two years at East Mississippi, he recorded 66 tackles and 11 sacks. In his first year at Kentucky, Smith started all 12 games and recorded 59 tackles and six sacks.[6] As a senior in 2014, Smith had 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Za'Darius Smith
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk PD FR FF
2013 Kentucky SEC JR DE 12 24 35 59 7.0 6.5 1 1 0
2014 Kentucky SEC SR DE 12 26 34 60 7.0 4.5 2 1 0
Career Kentucky 24 50 69 119 14.0 11.0 3 2 0

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, The pick used to draft him was acquired from the Detroit Lions in exchange for Haloti Ngata.[7] As a rookie in 2015, Smith played 15 games with 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 2 pass defended.[8] In the 2016 season, he played in 13 games and started four. He recorded one pass defensed, one forced fumble, one sack, 20 tackles, and four quarterback hits.[9] In the 2017 season, he appeared in 14 games and started four. He recorded one pass defensed, one forced fumble, 3.5 sacks, 24 tackles, and 16 quarterback hits.[10]

In Week 6 of the 2018 season, Smith recorded three sacks, which was part of the new team record 11 sacks, in a 21–0 win over the Tennessee Titans, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[11] He finished the season with career-highs with 45 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. He led the Ravens in sacks and finished sixth on the team in tackles.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On March 14, 2019, Smith signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.[12]


  1. ^ "Montgomery to NFL: The Latest – Za'Darius Smith". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Kentucky signee Za'Darius Smith a defensive end with basketball roots
  3. ^ Scouting the Cats: Smith making up for lost time as one of UK's defensive anchors
  4. ^ UK's Smith takes unlikely path to stardom
  5. ^ Greenville High product Za'Darius Smith signs to play football at Kentucky
  6. ^ Kentucky DEs Dupree, Smith form pass-rush threat
  7. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "2015 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "2016 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "2017 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Lam, Quang M. (October 17, 2018). "Albert Wilson, Todd Gurley among Players of Week".
  12. ^ "Packers sign four players". March 14, 2019.

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