Jimmy Smith (cornerback)

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Jimmy Smith
Jimmy smith 2011 stadium practice.jpg
Smith during practice at M&T Bank Stadium in 2011.
No. 22     Baltimore Ravens
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Fontana, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Colton (CA)
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2011 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2014
Tackles 140
Interceptions 5
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

James Michael "Jimmy" Smith (born July 26, 1988)[1] is an American football cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.

Early life[edit]

Born in Fontana, California,[2] Smith grew up in a single-floor home in Colton, California, which is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The neighborhood Smith lived in was notoriously bad.[3] "It's a rough neighborhood," said Smith. "A lot of gangs. A lot of gang violence. A lot of people get shot and killed all the time." However, Smith was able to shrug this off and excel at football from an early age.

College[edit]

Jimmy Smith was another surprise out of Dan Hawkins' transition class of 2006, like Nate Solder, Jimmy was a middle of the pack recruit out of his home state of California(#57 Athlete by rivals and unranked as a corner by ESPN)[4][5] that grew into a first round prospect on a series of very mediocre Colorado teams. During the 2007 season Jimmy Smith firmly established himself as a contributor, a special teams star, and as part of the secondary depth. By far the biggest play of his 2007 season came against Nebraska. With Colorado trailing by 11, Smith picked off a Joe Ganz pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. It sparked a 34-0 run, and Colorado would go on to win 65-51 over Nebraska.[6]

Smith built nicely on his RS-Freshman effort playing in 10 games for CU and starting the final three at corner, a position he'd hold through the rest of his CU career. Again Smith closed the season with fireworks against Nebraska sniffing out an ill-advised fake field goal attempt by the huskers, intercepting the lateral and taking it 58 yards for a touchdown. Things continued to progress well for Smith who took over the starting corner spot full-time at the start of his Jr. season, holding it through his last game at CU in that 2 year 24 game run Jimmy gave up an average of 1 completion a game. During that span Smith made quite a name for himself totaling 70 tackles in both seasons defending 15 passes and posing such a threat to offenses he was thrown at a mere 20 times as a Senior in man coverage. In that time Smith was honored as: All-big 12 twice, the Dave Jones award winner, and was named to the Thorpe Award watch list.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-Draft Concerns[edit]

Through his high school and college careers, Smith battled occasional issues with the law which resulted in some pre-draft concerns about his maturity. It was reported he failed three drug tests,[8] and had been charged with aggravated assault.[9]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Smith was selected with the 27th pick overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft.[10] On the 20th of November, 2011, Smith made his first career interception off an errant Andy Dalton pass against the Cincinnati Bengals. After a 16 yard return he had the ball knocked out of his arm by a Bengal, which was subsequently recovered by Brendon Ayanbadejo.[11] He notched his second interception in a Week 13 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans, fellow cornerback Cary Williams tackled Jacoby Jones on a punt, forced a fumble, and Smith recovered it only a few yards away from the endzone.[12] A week later, Smith had his third interception of the season in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots. The ball was tipped from Bernard Pollard and luckily intercepted by Jimmy Smith.[13] Overall, Smith was the #3 cornerback behind Lardarius Webb and Williams. Smith had 20 tackles as a rookie.

2012 season[edit]

Smith's individual effort on the final goal line stand of Super Bowl XLVII was instrumental in the Ravens' victory, as he was targeted on consecutive plays during the 49ers' last offensive drive in the game, preventing the Niners from scoring on 4th down in the final minutes of the game by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

2013 season[edit]

Smith recorded his 1st interception of the season in Week 6 against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers when he picked him off in the end zone.

2014 season[edit]

Smith intercepted his first pass of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jimmy Smith was on pace for a Pro Bowl year before he sprained his foot in week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith would be put on the Ravens' season-ending IR.

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