Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered a significant knee injury. He got injured in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The severity of the injury is not known at this time. However, if it’s a torn ACL, it’ll be a devastating blown to a potential top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The news will definitely hurt Smith’s draft stock. Now, if the junior does indeed come out, he’ll likely fall from the top of the first round to potentially a second round, or even a third round, depending on his recovery.
There’s always the possibility that Smith could return to school for his senior year. But it’s whatever he wants to do, as if he was on an NFL roster, he could still collect a paycheck while being on injured reserve.
If it is a torn ACL, Smith would have a long recovery ahead. Recently, Todd Gurley suffered a torn ACL at the University of Georgia before being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL pick by the St. Louis Rams.
There’s a difference in suffering a torn ACL in November as Gurley did and potentially suffering a torn ACL in January.
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