Jimmy Smith plays a position that it known to cause fits for the majority of players trying to make the transition from college to the pros. But this cornerback’s story is much more interesting considering how long it took him to erase the ‘bust’ label he once carried. After being taken by the Baltimore Ravens with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 draft, they had to exercise some serious patience til he finally established himself as a contributing, everyday player.
He spent the first few years struggling to gain a starting role, and instead had to be part of a rotation. A first round pick finding himself in this situation will naturally have some serious odds stacked against him. They almost always end of being busts .
But Smith fought through the adversity to not only earn a starting role, but to obtain elite status. He has proven to be capable of covering any wide receiver in the league.