Seahawks draft Towson cornerback Tye Smith in fifth round

Towson cornerback Tye Smith was drafted in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith attended the Ravens' local prospect day.

Smith was a Football Championship Subdivision All-American and all-conference selection.

The 6-foot, 184-pound North Carolina native ran the the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and 4.51 seconds at his Pro Day workout.

Smith played in the East-West Shrine all-star game. The three-year starter finished his career with 312 career tackles, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 25 passes defended. Smith is projected as a late-round draft pick.

At the combine, Smith had the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a time of 3.96 seconds. He also had a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 6.97 three-cone drill.

Smith did have the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a 3.96 time.

Smith had formal meetings at the combine with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. He met with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

He was an Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association seleciton also met Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Smith played in the East-West Shrine all-star game, where he was coached by Hall of Fame middle linebacker and former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. Smith checked West Virginia standout wide receiver Kevin White, who's expected to be one of the first receivers drafted in April.

At Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C., Smith was an all-conference wide receiver and cornerback who had 88 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He was an All-American in track and field. Towson was his only scholarship offer, though.

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