Jimmy Smith finds relief in Baltimore

After weeks of questions about his character and stories being written wondering whether it would be wise to draft him, Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith found relief Thursday when Baltimore drafted him 27th overall in the first round of the NFL draft.

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 "

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