Jimmy Smith Colorado
April 29, 2011 by staff
How far does the player ESPN Jon Gruden calls “the best hit and run cornerback in the draft” sink? Sitting with about 100 friends and family members at the home of his father, Smith was the quietest in the room.
“I was somewhat prepared to go in the second round,” said Smith, “So I was not super nervous sitting there.”
Turns out it was near where the line last week it had received. The Baltimore Ravens took him with selection 27 in the first round, a team that inserts into one of the best defenses in the NFL.
“It’s a perfect fit,” Smith said in the backyard, exchanging hugs in the pool in the dark. “With leaders like Ed Reed and Charles Suggs and Ray Lewis, I’m excited I get to play a defense that requires more than excellence. That will make me a better player.”
The Ravens had told Smith before his selection to the 26 that could lower the trade with Chicago at No. 29, thinking it would still be available and would get an additional choice. Trade fell off, and became the Ravens.
“I’ve never seen that in 23 projects,” Smith said agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
After Kansas City receiver Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh, Baltimore pulled the trigger on Smith, sending the house into delirium.
Most draftniks felt Smith would have been if not in the top 10 of issues off the field, which includes two tickets for minor in possession of marijuana and a positive test.
This week, a third-degree assault, stemming from Smith hit a man in a restaurant in the Phoenix area last summer, to the surface. Smith confessed to all the same, while vehemently denies the rumor that he failed three drug tests.
“If I had three positive drug tests, would be in very big problems,” said Smith. “Three are off the team.”
While many teams left off the board, many would not overlook the talent and the size of 6 feet 2, 211-pound cornerback.
“They said I must come with the attitude of working hard and,” We cannot have any setbacks encountered in the past. “I gave my word that is not going to happen,” said Smith. “(General manager) Ozzie Newsome looked me dead in the eye to see what kind of person I am.”
Smith’s mother, Tracy Webster, sat on the couch wiping away tears. He made his sons play football with the purpose of going to college.
“Once I’ve been crying all day,” he said. “I am happy that he has achieved. I am also glad that things are still speaking, behind him. Now the work begins. Now get to show what they actually do.”
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