Injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith will start collecting on a $5 million insurance policy if he is not drafted in the first round, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith, who suffered a knee injury today, has a $5M loss of value policy. Starts to collect $ if he slips out of 1st rd.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 2, 2016
Smith, a junior from Fort Wayne, suffered what coach Brian Kelly called a “significant” knee injury in Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl game against Ohio State on New Year’s Day and though he has yet to declare for the draft, it’s probably all but an inevitability at this point. No further details have been given on his injury and he had a respectable enough season in 2015 (115 tackles) that he could draw quite a bit of attention even if he can’t perform at the NFL Scouting Combine next month.
This situation is glaringly similar to that of former Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who collected on a $3 million claim after a knee injury last year led him to being drafted in the seventh round.
Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Smith’s health and status for this spring’s draft!
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