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Buffalo Bills will host Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith on pre-draft visit, per report

The Bills know they need a linebacker.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Sometimes things fall through the cracks and we miss a report, especially during busy parts of the NFL offseason. In late March, following the Georgia pro day, The Macon Telegraph reported linebacker Roquan Smith would visit the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2018 NFL Draft.

Smith is a stud. In 2017 he earned the Butkus Award for the nation’s best linebacker, was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, as well as being names a consensus All-American and deciding to skip his senior season. In 15 games he tallied 137 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. He has a strong track record, too, appearing in 10 games as a freshman and 13 as a sophomore.

The former Bulldog is a great mix of speed and power, and has the ability to cover the entire field as well as fill holes in the run game. He played wide receiver in high school and shows the ability to move well in space. While size is somewhat of a concern in the NFL, having Star Lotulelei in front of him for a few years will help keep him clean.