Penn State tackle Donovan Smith accepts invitation to attend NFL draft in Chicago

Donovan Smith
(Associated Press photo)

Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith is among the prospects who have accepted an invitation from the NFL to attend the draft in Chicago.

The Owings Mills High graduate is one of two local draft prospects to be invited, joining Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, a River Hill graduate.


Smith, a former high school All-American, was an All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection for the Nittany Lions.

He has visited the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, according to sources. He has also been invited to the Ravens' local prospect day on Tuesday.

Smith met with Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo during the NFL scouting combine. He also met with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At the combine, Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 seconds, bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times and had a 32-inch vertical leap. Smith is 6-foot-6, 328 pounds with 35 5/8 arms and 10 3/8 inch hands.

He started 31 games at left tackle at Penn State.

Smith was given a return to school recommendation by the NFL advisory committee because they didn't project him to be picked within the first two rounds. Smith's draft stock is regarded as rising in recent months, though.

Smith has already graduated from Penn State.