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August 26, 2011 by  
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The 5-foot-11 rookie D.J. Smith, one of the shortest players on the camp roster, has stood out with a combination of innate and playmaking abilities. The sixth-round pick was a tackle machine in college at Appalachian State, totaling 525 in his career to lead all active Division I players in 2010.  As much as Smith doesn't have the prototypical size for an NFL linebacker, Capers and Moss are quick to argue size can be overrated.  "Maybe the best inside linebacker I was ever with was about (D.J.'s) size — Sam Mills," Capers said. "I was with Sam for 12 years at three different places, and he made five Pro Bowls. And, he's not as tall as D.J.  "You don't want to make comparisons and that, but I think he's got some instincts," Capers said of D.J. Smith.

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