Za'Darius Smith (born September 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky.

 

 

Early years

Smith attended Greenville High School in Greenville, Alabama. Smith played basketball in high school and didn't starting playing football until his senior year.[2][3]

College career

Smith played college football for two years at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Kentucky.[4][5] In his two years at East Mississippi he recorded 66 tackles and 11 sacks. In his first year at Kentucky, Smith started all 12 games and recorded 59 tackles and six sacks.[6] As a senior in 2014, Smith had 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 4th round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2015, Smith played 15 games with 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 1 pass defended.