If you think for one minute that it won’t stick in the back of his mind all the teams that passed on Heisman quarterback Troy Smith – think again. Smith is set to wear purple this season and will likely start out, but not end up as the number three quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. I’ll go out on a limb and say that we will see Smith lineup under center in more than one NFL game this season for the Ravens. One reason is due to how fragile quarterback Steve McNair has been over the past few seasons, and the other is the fact that Kyle Boller is….well, Kyle Boller. Plus truth be told with Boller being a free agent at the end of the season, you would think the staff would want to give Smith a long look if the opportunity presented itself.
Smith was taken a bit later than where many thought he would be. Most had him going in mid to late third round, or possibly early fourth, but instead he made it all the way to the late fifth round, going with the number 175 pick in the draft. Knowing how competitive Smith is, he will work hard to remind everyone that said he was not going to be a good NFL QB that they were dead wrong. Many think that Smith is too short to be an effective QB in the NFL, standing at just 6-foot. But if you look at what he can do on the field in key situations, his height is something that I think he’ll be able to overcome. During his career as the starter and QB for the Buckeyes, he completed 420 passes for 5,270 yards and 34 TD’s. He is also quick on his feet, as he ran for 11 touchdowns last year in leading Ohio State to the National Title Game.
Sure the final game he played as a Buckeye turned into a disaster as the team was destroyed by Florida, but for as bad as Smith may have played that night, do not forget that he was one of just two Ohio State quarterbacks ever that was able to beat Michigan three times. That tells me that when the big game is on the line, that Smith will be able to come through. Sure he was not the best quarterback in the draft, but I’d be willing to say that Smith is going to prove a lot of critics wrong over the years as he plays, and plays well for the Ravens. While JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn will have the spotlight on them to succeed in the NFL pretty close to right away, Smith will find himself in a very good situation with the Ravens.
Give it time – Smith will have a lot to say when it comes to proving all those that passed on him wrong in the NFL. Too short, choked in the National Title game, can’t read defenses. Keep piling it on, because in the end Smith will do his part to prove all that and more as he becomes a success in the NFL.