“Smith was one of the best players in college football this year. He was an absolute missile on the field and easily the best linebacker in this year’s draft class. But the injury he suffered is almost identical to what running back Marcus Lattimore dealt with, and the former South Carolina running back never recovered before retiring without ever playing an NFL game.”
A reminder to something I said at the time. This injury occurred in a meaningless bowl game. Sure, the trip to Phoenix is nice for the team, but for potential high draft picks on their way out of college playing in a non-playoff game, this is a possibility. A top-5 pick can go anywhere he darn well pleases on vacation. Smith’s career may be over before it starts. I hope not, for his sake.