Green Bay Packers: Reviewing The Draft (2011, That Is)

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Sep 13, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker D.J. Smith (51) during the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Round 6, Pick 186, D.J. Smith, LB, Appalachian State

D.J. Smith started six games for the Packers at linebacker in 2012, making 39 tackles with two sacks and four passes defensed. He had been filling in for injured Desmond Bishop, but was lost for the season himself after injuring his knee in a win over Houston in October.

As a rookie, Smith played all 16 games, starting three, and had 32 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed.

The Packers released Smith in April 2013 after he failed a physical. He was claimed by the San Diego Chargers, but didn’t make it out of training camp. He played in one game for the Texans last season and was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Carolina Panthers in January.

Smith was ranked No. 289 by Scouts, Inc., but was a fairly productive player before his injury.