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Pursuing football over basketball proved wise for Ravens rookie Za'Darius Smith
Pursuing football over basketball proved wise for Ravens rookie Za'Darius Smith

Ravens fourth-round draft pick Za'Darius Smith decided to play football when he concluded that getting to the quarterback was much easier than getting a rebound against guys much taller than him. "My senior year of high school, I played AAU basketball. I was a center and guys were like 7 feet tall," Smith said today after the first on-field workout of the Ravens' rookie minicamp. "I was like, 'Man, no rebounds. I can't get [any] rebounds. I've got to come up with a backup plan.'" Smith turned to football and the Ravens are glad he did. They selected him with the 122nd overall pick last Saturday, believing that the University of Kentucky...

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