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Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills) visits Eagles, sources say

Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills) visits Eagles, sources say
Penn State left tackle Donovan Smith, an Owings Mills graduate, has declared for the NFL draft. (Matthew O'Haren, USA Today Sports)

Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith visited the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.

The former blue-chip recruit from Owings Mills High School ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 and 5.03 seconds at the Nittany Lions' Pro Day workout.

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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.

Smith started 31 games at left tackle at Penn State and was named honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference once.

Smith played in the Senor Bowl and performed well.

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 is projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round.

Smith was a preseason Outland Trophy candidate who wasn't named All-Big Ten Conference last season.

A U.S. Army All-American in high school, Smith chose Penn State over scholarship offers from UCLA, Maryland and North Carolina State.

Smith has bench pressed 400 pounds and squatted more than 500 pounds, impressive strength for a position in which he'll need all the leverage he can find.

At Penn State, Smith dealt with the hardships of sanctions against the program stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Joe Paterno's death and the coaching change from Bill O'Brien to James Franklin.

"It made me into the man I am today," Smith said during the combine. "I learned to go through adversity. It taught me life is not easy. You have to be able to adjust and adapt. It definitely taught me a lot."

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