Defensive tackle Domata Peko was chosen with the 126th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round and center Chris Morris was chosen 214th overall, in the seventh round by the Oakland Raiders.
On the flip side, nine draft eligible Spartans were still waiting for their names to be called when the 7th round ended and will now have to take the route of being undrafted free agents including wide receiver Aaron Alexander and Kyle Brown, corner Jaren Hayes defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, running back Jason Teague and guard Stefon Wheeler.
Early indications are that the Detroit Lions will call on Teague and possibly Wheeler and that the Cincinnati Bengals might be interested in McKinney, while Philadelphia could call on Alexander and Brown.
Smith was surprised to have his number called in the third round, he said he thought he'd be a second round pick. "I was getting ready to pack it in and call it a night," said Smith when the Jets called to let him know they were going to make him their selection.
Peko will fit in with the Bengals like a comfortable shoe. He has several friends on the roster including lineman Jonathan Fanene who was born and raised in the football hotbed for linemen, Pago Pago, American Samoa, just like Peko.
"He's a big, powerful man who stays on his feet and plays," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He doesn't have a lot of bad habits because he hasn't played a lot of football."
Chris Morris was the last of the Spartan contingent to go and he said he was worn out by the experience which he termed an "ordeal."
"This just shows how you never really know what is going to happen, or when," said Morris. "I'd waited out almost the whole day, and all of a sudden that call came and I'm with the Raiders. The ordeal - it just wears you out."
For the undrafted players, the ordeal is just beginning.