Brandon Smith Drafted No. 120 Overall By Carolina Panthers

Former Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith is officially off to the big leagues after the Carolina Panthers selected him No. 120 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Now, Smith heads to Charlotte to play under head coach and Penn State alum Matt Rhule. There, he will join defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, Smith’s teammate from his true freshman season at Penn State.

Smith spent three years in Happy Valley after arriving as a five-star recruit in 2019. He was a starter for the team in both his sophomore and junior seasons and wound up producing 132 total tackles, four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery across his Nittany Lions career.

His best year came in 2021 when he tallied 81 total tackles. Forty-five of his tackles were solo efforts, and four of them came behind the line of scrimmage. This past season he also forced a fumble and recorded two sacks.

Smith opted out of the Outback Bowl in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. It all seemed to work out after an impressive showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a quick 4.52-second 40-yard dash and posted a 37.5-inch vertical jump. Smith brings size and athleticism to the table in the NFL and may be the next great linebacker out of Penn State once he links up with the Panthers.

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Theo Koch

Theo is a sophomore at Penn State majoring in marketing. He is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both of his parents attended Penn State, so he was born into this. He enjoys watching all sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any comments, questions, or concerns.

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