Mazi Smith NFL Draft

Mazi Smith

  • IDL Michigan
  • Senior
  • #85
  • 6'3"
  • 326lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big Ten

Prospect Summary

Mazi Smith 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report


  • 2019 Under Armour All-American Game
  • Consensus four-star recruit 
  • Two-time Detroit News Division 1-2 All-State Team (2017-18)


  • Scheme tendencies: Multiple, 4-2-5
  • 2022 projected role: Starting Nose Tackle

Pros: Opposing offenses felt the presence of Mazi Smith in the middle of the Wolverines defense last season. He’s a heavy-handed puncher that can generate substantial knock-back power. This strength and physicality allow him to reset the line of scrimmage. His box-like frame and strong base allow him to hold up at the point of attack. I appreciate his versatility—Smith handles single and dual-gap responsibilities for the Wolverines’ defense. He has surprisingly nimble feet while handling double teams and is able to work laterally down the line of scrimmage versus the run. Smith has shown his football intelligence and instincts consistently. He does a nice job identifying run, pass, and screens. He softens edges and angles to obtain the leverage advantage. Smith flashed the ability to collapse the pocket and dirty the quarterback’s lap. He was responsible for 14 hurries, six QB hits, and one sack last season. 

Cons: Mazi Smith has to win within tight quarters due to the lack of arm length. Interior offensive linemen with length can keep him out of their chest plate. This can limit his ability to stack and shed from blocks quickly. Although he has shown a few flashes as a pass rusher, Smith operates best as a two-down player. He will need to increase his productivity and efficiency on passing downs to raise his value at the next level. Adding hand counters will help elevate his ability to win reps with quickness instead of pure power.

Mazi Smith NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson