With the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, the Tennessee Titans have all but made their final preparations for their upcoming selections.
While the names they add to the team in the early rounds are important, the players the Titans acquire in the later rounds are just as significant.As Tennessee looks to further bolster positions on the defensive side of the ball, one player they should consider is USC linebacker Cameron Smith.
Smith could provide the depth the Titans are looking for as a developmental prospect, and could also prove efficient on special teams.Smith’s most valuable trait is probably his football IQ, which helped the Trojans in third-down situations. He’s a solid tackler with quick reflexes who opposing offenses have a difficult time fooling.
Smith was a force for USC in 2018, racking up 81 tackles with 7.5 for a loss, one sack and four passes defensed.
On his college career, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder recorded 354 tackles with 26.5 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a touchdown.Cronulla captain Paul Gallen believes cracks may be starting to appear at Melbourne after they uncharacteristically blew up at each other while under pressure during their loss to the Sharks on Friday night.
Gallen claims he overheard Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster engage in a verbal exchange with skipper Cameron Smith in the final stages of the game as they attempted to overcome an eight-point deficit after a dominant second-half Sharks display.In the final play of the game, Munster surrendered himself in a tackle in Melbourne’s final attacking chance, which led to some criticism from his teammates.
“The last play of the game I was concerned … there was a penalty given away, I don’t know why we gave a penalty away 20 metres out of our try-line but we did,” Gallen told Channel Nine.
“They tapped the ball, passed the ball to Munster and I was in front of Munster, thought ‘what’s he going to do here?’, and he almost just took a hit-up. I just grabbed him and held onto the ball.
“I heard them, Munster started arguing, Munster went straight back at Cam Smith and they all started arguing among each other.In college football today, it is rare to have a player who stays during all four years of eligibility. However, it is ever more rare that a player is a four-year starter. Cameron Smith, born and bred in California, did not go far when choosing a college. At USC, Smith found the field quickly and was the heart of that defense for all four years. Smith started in 35 out of a possible 37 games. In his career, he racked up 273 tackles, where 19 of those were for losses. Additionally, he had 2.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, and added four interceptions even turning one of them into a pick-six.
Former NSW coach Laurie Daley says the Queensland Rugby League should be offering Cameron Smith an additional $50,000 per game to make his representative comeback during this year’s State of Origin series.
It comes as Queensland coach Kevin Walters again declared he will not be asking Smith to make his Queensland comeback this year “at the moment” despite Smith dramatically declaring he could not rule it out during an appearance on Fox League’s The Matty Johns Show on Sunday night.
Daley’s comments to offer Smith up to $150,000 for the three-game series would be on top of the $30,0000 match payment given to State of Origin stars as negotiated under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
It means Smith would pocket up to $240,000 for the three Origin appearances — on top of his Melbourne Storm salary.Cameron Smith has emphatically ruled out a dramatic State of Origin comeback for Queensland.
Maroons fans had been hoping their inspirational former captain would make an Allan Langer-style return in 2019 following the huge drain of experience from the squad over the past two years.
But the veteran hooker insists his time in the Origin arena is over and that he won’t be reversing his representative retirement after pulling the pin on the eve of last year’s series.
“My thoughts on Origin now haven’t changed from the day I decided to finish up,” Smith told News Corp on Thursday night.