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|Born:||July 17, 1986|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||197 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Columbus (OH) Independence|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
DeAngelo Lamar Smith (born July 17, 1986) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Cincinnati.
Smith attended Independence High School. As a senior, he had 11 interceptions (5 returned for touchdowns), 14 touchdown receptions and 7 kickoff or punt returns for touchdowns. He received All-State, All-City and All-District honors. In his high school career he had 20 interceptions (7 returned for touchdowns). He also helped his team to a regional finals appearance in the state playoffs.
He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Cincinnati. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 7 games playing on special teams. The next year, he played in 13 games as a backup cornerback, mostly on the left side behind John Bowie. He tallied 23 tackles (2 for loss), 2 fumble recoveries, 3 passes defensed and 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).
Smith became the starter at right cornerback as a junior. His interception in the upset, against then AP Number 2 Rutgers, (now Big Ten) was featured on ESPN Sportscenter. He set the school single-season record with 8 interceptions and combined with cornerback Mike Mickens to register a total of 14 interceptions, the most by a cornerback duo in college football in 2007.
In his last year, he started the first 5 games at free safety before returning to the right cornerback position. He registered 53 tackles, 10 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. He contributed to the team winning the Big East Championship and receiving an invitation to play in the 2009 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.
He finished his college career tied for second in school history with 12 interceptions, after playing in 47 games with 28 starts. He also registered 126 tackles (9 for loss), 21 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 353 return yards on 17 kickoffs returns (20.8-yard average) and 219 yards on 23 punt returns (9.5-yard average).
Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was switched from cornerback to safety. He was waived at the end of training camp on September 5. He is best remembered by getting beat by placekicker David Buehler in a post-practice 50-yard race during training camp.
Cleveland Browns (first stint)
Cleveland Browns (second stint)
On April 28, 2010, he was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns. He spent one week with the team and was waived on September 15. He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 7. He was released on September 4, 2010 and later signed to the practice squad. He was cut on September 3, 2011.
New York Jets
BC Lions (CFL)
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