Former Penn State left tackle Donovan Smith has accepted an invitation to attend the NFL Draft, which will begin on Thursday, April 30 in Chicago. Smith will be the first Nittany Lion to attend the NFL Draft since Devon Still was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round in 2012.
Smith decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and has seen his stock rise rapidly since his final game in a Penn State uniform in the Pinstripe Bowl. ESPN draft guru and possible vampire Mel Kiper, Jr. has Smith ranked as the 10th best offensive tackle and 88th overall prospect available. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio holds Smith in very high regard, slating him as the 22nd pick of the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6'5" and 340 pounds, Smith has the size and athleticism NFL teams adore when examining offensive tackle prospects.
Smith started in 31 games since 2012 at Penn State. Before declaring for the draft, Smith earned his bachelor's degree in criminology in December of 2014.
Here's wishing Smith represents Penn State well during a long and successful NFL career. Best of luck to you, Donovan!