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2019 NFL Draft: Cameron Smith selected by the Minnesota Vikings in Round 5

The USC Trojans star linebacker has a new home in Minnesota.

NCAA Football: California at Southern California Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former USC Trojans linebacker Cameron Smith has been selected in the fifth round with the 162 pick by the Minnesota Vikings. Smith was a rock on the USC defense throughout his four years with the program, and will surely be the same for the Vikings.


Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 238 pounds

Arms: 32 3/8’’

Hands: 10 3/8’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.23 seconds

Bench Press: 15 reps

Vertical: 39.0 inches

Broad Jump: 123.0 inches

The Vikings are getting one of USC’s best players it has had these past four years. Smith routinely led the Trojans in tackles, and will be a sure plug in his opponent’s run game.

In 2018 he finished the season with 81 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and four passes defended. His best game of the season came against Washington State, where the senior linebacker was flying across the field, racking up 15 tackles.

Smith amassed 354 total tackles on his career, his best performance coming as a freshman in 2015, where he had three interceptions and one touchdown against then No. 3 Utah.

Smith is a consistent ball player with a high football IQ, who isn’t easily fooled by false keys or jukes. We assessed his biggest strengths back in March:

What made Smith so valuable to USC, was his incredible football IQ. He is very hard to fool and was essential for the Trojans stopping third down conversions. His instincts combined with an exceptional hold on the fundamentals of good defense, made him a tackler to be reckoned with. His quick reflexes and smart eyes made for a career four interceptions, 14 passes deflected, and three fumble recoveries. Smith has no trouble locating where the football is at all times.

Minnesota is getting an extremely hard worker in the two-time USC captain, who could end up a solid NFL starter for years to come.