Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was on his way to becoming a top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft before he tore his ACL and MCL in the Fiesta Bowl. During the NFL Combine, medical examiners reported that Smith showed nerve damage that left some wonder if he would be out for an extended period of time.
In an essay for Bleacher Report, Smith writes that doctors still do not have a timetable for his return. Smith has been told he could be ready to play by Week 1 or he could be out for the entire 2016 season. NFL teams will be watching the results closely from Smith’s medical recheck with doctors in Indianapolis.
Smith wants everyone to know he is alright and says this in his essay:
I’m the best player in the draft. I just didn’t get the opportunity to show it as far as the combine and draft process. Watch the film. Any game. It speaks for itself.
Whichever team drafts me, I’ll be happy. One team will believe in me, whether it’s as a top-10 pick, Mr. Irrelevant or an undrafted free agent.
Here is Smith showing his progress via his twitter account:
— Jaylon Smith (@thejaylonsmith) March 11, 2016