Scouts Are Apparently Worried That Jaylon Smith May Never Play In The NFL

first_imgJaylon Smith wearing the Notre Dame Mascot's hat.PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates by wearing the hat of team mascot, Lucky The Leprechaun, following their 42-30 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the top NFL prospects in college football this past year, suffered a devastating knee injury against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, tearing both his ACL and LCL. It turns out the injury may wind up being more than just a setback.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith is no longer expected to play in 2016 after medical rechecks. According to ESPN’s Travis Haney, there are some scouts who think he’ll never play a down in the NFL. After medical rechecks, Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith is not expected to play in 2016 and teams are unsure when he will play again, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2016Scouts told me they fear Smith might be one of best pure prospects to never play in NFL. There’s real concern. https://t.co/ijz3UEY5TZ— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 19, 2016Smith’s situation is heartbreaking, obviously. Don’t be surprised if it reignites the debate regarding whether NFL Draft prospects should take part in non-Playoff bowl games.last_img