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Penn State Football: Donovan Smith Drafted 34th Overall By Tampa Bay

by on May 01, 2015 7:45 PM

Donovan Smith made the trip to Chicago earlier this week for the NFL Draft and didn't need to wait long as he was selected 34th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.

Smith, who was the No. 2 pick of the draft's second round, will work alongside No. 1 overall draft choice Jameis Winston.

A three-year starter at left tackle for Penn State, Smith had become a reliable pass protector during his time in Happy Valley. Opting to forgo his final year of eligibility for the NFL, Smith saw his stock increase with solid performances at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Combine and at his Pro Day appearance.

“It seems like it was yesterday that I was sitting at the kitchen table talking with the greatest college football coach in history, Joseph Vincent Paterno,” Smith said when he announced his plans to go pro.

Smith is the first Nittany Lion selected in this year's NFL Draft but will likely not be the only one as plenty of other Penn State hopefuls wait for their name to be called between now and the conclusion of the draft on Saturday afternoon.

At 6-foot-6, 338 pounds, Smith will work at the next level to show why he is a valuable asset for a growing Tampa Bay franchise. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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