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Fourth-round pick Elerson Smith signs rookie contract


Outside linebacker Elerson Smith, the Giants' fourth-round draft choice, has signed his rookie contract.

He became the fourth member of the six-man draft class to do so, joining fellow linebacker and second-round pick Azeez Ojulari, and the two sixth-round choices, running back Gary Brightwell and cornerback Rodarius Williams.

Smith played in 38 games with 15 starts in three seasons at Northern Iowa, where he recorded 85 tackles (41 solo) 22.0 sacks, 32.5 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, 16 quarterback hits, eight passes defensed, and two blocked kicks.

He did not play in what would have been his final season after the Missouri Valley Conference postponed its 2020 season to early 2021. In 2019, Smith started all 15 of the Panthers' games and was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference and first-team All-FCS by the American Football Coaches Association All-American. He recorded career-high totals of 63 tackles (28 solo), 14.0 sacks, 21.5 tackles, a school single-season record 14 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks for a team that finished 10-5. He Led the MVC in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles.

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