November 18, 2017 Athens: Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith levels Kentucky wide receiver Lynn Bowden, Jr., during the first half in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Athens. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Georgia’s Roquan Smith projected as first-round pick in 2018 NFL Draft

SB Nation’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft has UGA junior linebacker Roquan Smith going 15th overall to the Dallas Cowboys next April.

In his junior season with the Bulldogs — which has easily been his best stat-wise — Smith has racked up 100 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, two deflected passes and one forced fumble. Smith has yet to declare for the NFL draft.

“Without Sean Lee, the defense for the Cowboys is seriously hindered,” SB Nation’s Dan Kadar wrote. “Unfortunately, he just can’t stay healthy, so Dallas needs to find either a replacement or a player who can slot into the system. Smith is a natural fit, and he would bolster the pass coverage.”

In three seasons at Georgia, Smith recorded 215 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, three pass deflections and three forced fumbles.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29, 2018 in Philadelphia.

The full mock draft by SB Nation can be read on SB Nation’s official website.

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