Smith Is First Nittany Lion Off The Board

Offensive tackle lands in Tampa Bay with second pick of second round.

When OT Donovan Smith decided to leave Penn State to make an early entry into the NFL Draft, many questioned the decision.

But the big man obviously knew what he was doing.

In Chicago Friday, Smith was the second player selected in the second round, going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will be called upon to block for new Bucs QB Jameis Winston.

Smith was the eighth offensive tackle selected and the first former Nittany Lion to come off the board.’s Extensive Breakdown of Smith

The Tampa Bay Site Reports On Smith

• Penn State O-line coach Herb Hand on Smith: “Donovan has the talent and tangibles to play in the National Football League for many years. His combination of size and athleticism are rare. Donovan has the athletic ability to play either tackle and also possesses the girth and power to play on the interior.”

• Penn State head coach James Franklin on Smith: “We are thrilled for Donovan to make this next step in his football career after graduating from Penn State in just three and a half years. He is very athletic and has great footwork for a guy his size. There are only so many guys out there that can be a true left tackles and protect the quarterback’s blindside and he is one of them.”

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