Former Mississippi State linebacker Preston Smith started just one game as a rookie last year for Washington in the NFL, but it was still hard not to notice him on the field. He recorded eight sacks and 20 tackles, turning heads as the season went on.
Smith was a star defensive lineman in Starkville, recording 48 tackles and nine sacks his senior year. It is clear he can make an impact in the NFL.
He faces high expectations entering his second year.
CSN Washington’s Richard “Doc” Walker, a former tight end for the Washington Redskins, believes Smith will have a breakout year this season.
“Toward the end of the season, the light went on,” Walker said. “You could see him out there trying to figure things out. I think he was trying to be perfect. You can’t play this game being perfect, you have to be relentless on defense and get after people. He showed you he has figured it out. He matches it up now with a terrific offseason. He got the body in check. He’s putting in the work. I think this young man has a chance to be sensational.”
Smith had five of his eight sacks in the final three games. It seems like he took things to heart this offseason and really began turning himself from a rookie into a potential NFL stud.