Ravens sign LB Daryl Smith

Ravens bolster linebacker group with former Jaguar Daryl Smith

6/5/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When the Ravens lost Ray Lewis to retirement and Dannell Ellerbe to free agency, the linebacker position was a huge question mark in Baltimore. However, as general manager Ozzie Newsome often does, he found a way to fill the void with quality players.
Blog Photo - Ravens sign LB Daryl Smith
The most recent addition to the Ravens is linebacker Daryl Smith, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Smith is not a household name by any means due to his playing in a small market and often playing for poor teams, but he is one of the more under-appreciated players in the NFL. Smith - the Jaguars' all-time leader in tackles - has been amongst the league's best 4-3 outside linebackers for years. He was limited to only two games last season due to a groin injury, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' second best outside linebacker in 2011.

The groin injury that kept Smith out in 2012 is likely a large part of the reason that he stayed on the market for so long.

A 4-3 outside linebacker in Jacksonville, Smith will kick inside in the Ravens' 3-4 defense. He's likely to start alongside either Jameel McClain or rookie Arthur Brown. Bookended by a healthy Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, it's pretty safe to say that the Ravens will be fine at linebacker in 2013.
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