​Is it time we start respecting the Packers' defense? Maybe ​not just yet, but they are set to add an immense playmaker. 


Ian Rapoport is reporting that Green Bay is expected to sign one of the most underrated edge-rushers in the game, Za'Darius Smith. 

A 2015 fourth-round pick out of Kentucky, Smith struggled to make a name for himself in his first three seasons, but the 27-year-old enjoyed a breakout year in 2018, recording 45 tackles, eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss. 


Pro Football Focus gave him a 71.7 grade for the entire season, the 33rd best mark for all edge defenders. Plus, back in October, ​he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week


What'll make those numbers look even more impressive is when you consider the fact that Za'Darius played just 700 snaps last season. The dude is freakishly efficient. 

He'll be a massive addition to a Packers team that ranked 18th in total defense last season. 


As for the Ravens, Smith becomes the fourth stud from their D they've lost within the last week to free agency -- CJ Mosley (Jets), Eric Weddle (Rams) and Terrell Suggs (Cardinals).