NCAA Football

Georgia star LB Smith declares for draft

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) during warm ups before the start Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. A case can be made that Smith has been the best defensive player in the country this season. He is an instinctive linebacker and Georgia will move him around in the tackle box to free him to run to the ball. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Linebacker Roquan Smith, the leader of a defense that led Georgia to the national championship game, is entering the NFL draft.

The decision by Smith, the Butkus Award winner, was expected. He enjoyed a strong junior season, which boosted his draft status.

Smith led Georgia with 137 tackles, 6+ sacks and 17 quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Smith was a game-changer with his speed and instincts and is seen as a possible first-round draft pick.

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