James Smith-Williams

EDGE, NC State

  • Conf Atlantic Coast - Atlantic
  • Jersey #39
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'3"
  • DOB --
  • WT 265 lbs



    Pros - Long, athletic, muscular frame that has added over 60 pounds since his freshman season. Excellent power at the point of attack to anchor and set firm edges. Terrific ability to convert speed to power and challenge the width of the pocket. Does well to place and fit his hands so he can play with extensions. Effort is consistently outstanding and he makes full-speed mistakes. Generally plays with good leverage.

    Cons - Play recognition skills and vision needs to improve. His eyes are everywhere and he takes himself out of position with poor discipline. Doesn’t have a great feel for deconstructing blocks with an understanding of where the ball is going. Needs to develop more hand combating skills so that he can more consistently disengage. Fails to get himself in half-man relationships and gets stuck body-to-body way too frequently. Pass rushing plan is rarely identifiable and often absent of counters. Has three different season-ending injuries since 2015. 

    Updated 07/29/19