Jimmy Smith was a player most opposing coaches and players liked to avoid in the Big 12 Conference the past two years Now he will try to take his talents to the professional ranks and find similar success against the best of the best
I feel like I was destined to go to the Ravens," Smith said in a conference call
Smith was the second Buff drafted Thursday, joining former offensive lineman Nate Solder, who was picked 17th by the New England Patriots It is the first time since 1997 CU has had multiple first-round selections in one year
Smith is the third defensive back in CU history to be drafted in the first round and the first since Deon Figures was taken by Pittsburgh in 1993
Smith's character was called into question over the past three months and teams and reporters dug into his past and found he had failed drug tests at Colorado and was issued tickets for underage drinking
The Ravens brought him to town before the draft and ultimately felt comfortable choosing him Thursday
"In the end, we felt like he was the best pick for us," director of personnel Eric DeCosta said "He makes us a lot better He tackles well, he's got great coverage skills, he's a big kid, he matches up well against the receivers in our decisions "