3. Jacquies Smith, Defensive End
The curious case of Jacquies Smith – a case NFL general managers have been trying to solve for a few years. Smith is an undrafted free agent who started his career in 2012, bouncing around from practice squad to practice squad.
It wasn’t until 2014 that he got his first real chance when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to the 53-man roster right before the season’s start. He eventually beat out William Gholston for a starting spot and promptly recorded 6.5 sacks in just eight starts.
Since that magical 2014 season, Smith has never put it back together. He sustained multiple injuries in 2015 that seem to have derailed his career. Released by the Buccaneers in October 2017, Smith signed with the Detroit Lions a few weeks later. He was waived just weeks after.
At just 26-years-old, could defensive coordinator Mike Pettine rebuild Smith’s career? He likely wouldn’t be expensive, and the Packers could cut bait with Smith if he doesn’t pan out, with little to no dead cap.