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Za'Darius Smith
OLB #90
Height:
6-4
Weight:
275
Age:
24
College:
Kentucky
Hometown:
Greenville, AL
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
20
SCK
1.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 50 30 20 6.5 0 2 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0
2016 BAL 13 4 20 10 10 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 BAL 15 0 30 20 10 5.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

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— Key Transactions —

  • Selected by the Ravens with their first pick in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft
  • Was the first of three Ravens picks (RB Javorius Allen – 125th and CB Tray Walker – 136th) in the fourth round

— Career Highlights —

  • As a rookie in 2015, recorded 30 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks (-24.5 yards) and 1 PD for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg), which finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games
  • Was the NFL’s only rookie to record at least two multiple-sack (1.5 or more) games in 2015 and just the third Ravens rookie to accomplish the feat
  • Blocked a 26-yard FGA in the third quarter, adding 2 tackles and his first-career PD, vs. Jax. (11/15/15)
  • Set career highs in tackles and solo stops (4) and posted his first-career sacks (2 for -13 yards) at Pit. (10/1/15)
  • Posted 1 tackle in his NFL debut at Oak. (9/20/15)

— Personal —

  • Older brother, Bob Meeks, played center at Auburn (1988-91) and for the Denver Broncos (1992-94)
  • Cousin, Davern Williams, played at Troy (1999-2003) and with the New York Giants (2004)
  • Niece, Kristi Mokube, played basketball at Florida State and at George Mason

— Season Recaps —

2015: (Baltimore Ravens – 15/0)

  • Totaled 30 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks (-24.5 yards) and 1 PD for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg), which finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games
  • Was the NFL’s only rookie to record at least two multiple-sack (1.5 or more) games on the season and just the third (Peter Boulware and Terrell Suggs) rookie to accomplish the feat in Ravens history
  • Registered 3 tackles (2 solo), including 2 TFL, and 1 sack for a defense that snapped the Steelers’ streak of six-straight 30-point performances in the 20-17 victory vs. Pit. (12/27)
  • Matched career highs in sacks (2) and tackles (4) for a defense that allowed 277 total net yards vs. KC (12/20)
  • Played on special teams and from scrimmage, posting 1 tackle, 1 PD and 1 FG block, vs. Jax. (11/15)...Blocked K Jason Myers’ 26-yard FGA in the third quarter
  • Set career highs in tackles and solo stops (4) and posted his first-career sacks (2 for -13 yards), helping limit the Steelers to 96 net passing yards in the 23-20 OT victory at Pit. (10/1)...Became the fifth rookie in Ravens history (Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee and Timmy Jernigan) to record at least 2 sacks in a game

— College —

  • Competed in 24 games (all starts) during his two seasons (2013-14) at Kentucky, recording 120 tackles (50 solo), 14 TFL (-98 yards), 10.5 sacks (-91 yards), 3 PD and 2 FRs
  • Posted 61 tackles (26 solo), 4.5 sacks (-38 yards), 7.5 TFL (-44 yards), 1 FR and 2 PD as a senior in 2014
  • Totaled 66 tackles (44 solo), 11.5 sacks (-90 yards), 11 TFL (-38 yards), 4 FFs, 3 PD and 1 INT in two seasons (2011-12) at East Mississippi Community College, where he helped lead the Lions to a 20-2 mark and the school’s first NJCAA National Championship in 2011...Earned second-team NJCAA All-America, All-Region and All-State accolades as a sophomore in 2012
  • Majored in community and leadership development

— High School —

  • Prepped at Greenville (AL) HS, where he starred in basketball and didn’t play football until his senior year

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— Key Transactions —

  • Selected by the Ravens with their first pick in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft
  • Was the first of three Ravens picks (RB Javorius Allen – 125th and CB Tray Walker – 136th) in the fourth round

— Career Highlights —

  • As a rookie in 2015, recorded 30 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks (-24.5 yards) and 1 PD for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg), which finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games
  • Was the NFL’s only rookie to record at least two multiple-sack (1.5 or more) games in 2015 and just the third Ravens rookie to accomplish the feat
  • Blocked a 26-yard FGA in the third quarter, adding 2 tackles and his first-career PD, vs. Jax. (11/15/15)
  • Set career highs in tackles and solo stops (4) and posted his first-career sacks (2 for -13 yards) at Pit. (10/1/15)
  • Posted 1 tackle in his NFL debut at Oak. (9/20/15)

— Personal —

  • Older brother, Bob Meeks, played center at Auburn (1988-91) and for the Denver Broncos (1992-94)
  • Cousin, Davern Williams, played at Troy (1999-2003) and with the New York Giants (2004)
  • Niece, Kristi Mokube, played basketball at Florida State and at George Mason

— Season Recaps —

2015: (Baltimore Ravens – 15/0)

  • Totaled 30 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks (-24.5 yards) and 1 PD for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg), which finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games
  • Was the NFL’s only rookie to record at least two multiple-sack (1.5 or more) games on the season and just the third (Peter Boulware and Terrell Suggs) rookie to accomplish the feat in Ravens history
  • Registered 3 tackles (2 solo), including 2 TFL, and 1 sack for a defense that snapped the Steelers’ streak of six-straight 30-point performances in the 20-17 victory vs. Pit. (12/27)
  • Matched career highs in sacks (2) and tackles (4) for a defense that allowed 277 total net yards vs. KC (12/20)
  • Played on special teams and from scrimmage, posting 1 tackle, 1 PD and 1 FG block, vs. Jax. (11/15)...Blocked K Jason Myers’ 26-yard FGA in the third quarter
  • Set career highs in tackles and solo stops (4) and posted his first-career sacks (2 for -13 yards), helping limit the Steelers to 96 net passing yards in the 23-20 OT victory at Pit. (10/1)...Became the fifth rookie in Ravens history (Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee and Timmy Jernigan) to record at least 2 sacks in a game

— College —

  • Competed in 24 games (all starts) during his two seasons (2013-14) at Kentucky, recording 120 tackles (50 solo), 14 TFL (-98 yards), 10.5 sacks (-91 yards), 3 PD and 2 FRs
  • Posted 61 tackles (26 solo), 4.5 sacks (-38 yards), 7.5 TFL (-44 yards), 1 FR and 2 PD as a senior in 2014
  • Totaled 66 tackles (44 solo), 11.5 sacks (-90 yards), 11 TFL (-38 yards), 4 FFs, 3 PD and 1 INT in two seasons (2011-12) at East Mississippi Community College, where he helped lead the Lions to a 20-2 mark and the school’s first NJCAA National Championship in 2011...Earned second-team NJCAA All-America, All-Region and All-State accolades as a sophomore in 2012
  • Majored in community and leadership development

— High School —

  • Prepped at Greenville (AL) HS, where he starred in basketball and didn’t play football until his senior year
 

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