“I Should Have Went Early In This Draft”

July 5th, 2016
Bucs fourth-round pick Ryan Smith

Bucs fourth-round pick Ryan Smith

Yes, this year’s Tampa Bay draft was about more than just Vernon Hargreaves, Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo.

The Bucs’ fourth-round pick wants his name in the headlines, too. Ryan Smith was a cornerback/returner out of North Carolina Central. The Bucs think he’s an NFL safety. Smith thinks Bucs fans will be thankful he’s in town.

“[Fans are] going to see why I should have went early in this draft,” Smith said, via the official North Carolina Central University video below. “They’re going to get my all and 10 times more.”

An extreme work ethic, Smith says, is what sets him apart, in addition to getting a very late start to football (one year of high school ball) means he has lots of room to grow.

Smith said the Bucs liked his “quickness, burst and attitude” when he was drafted, and they were pumping him up on delivering on special teams.

Joe found it to be a very mature take that Smith said his rise from a 165-pound, partial-scholarship freshman to the NFL was “frustrating,” a steady grind of ups and downs and emotions. Most NFL rookies would be only thinking about the ecstasy of getting drafted.

The quality action in this video picks up at the 3:00 mark. Enjoy.

22 Responses to ““I Should Have Went Early In This Draft””

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I really like this kid a lot..I think he will be a major part of our growth..

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    Seems like a good kid. I hope he works out.

  3. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I love love love Ryan Smith.

    He will be a star in the NFL, trust that.

  4. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I was literally the 1st person to ever watch video. It had 0 views when I watched immediately after the draft LOL

  5. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    F#ck Kevin Durant

  6. Kevin Says:

    Man I almost forgot we got this guy. I remember looking into him right after the draft, seems like a steel. Cant wait for all the seasons to come here in tampa!!!

  7. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    This kid is going to be a star.

  8. SB with Jameis Says:

    LOVE this kid! Yet another Great attitude on our squad fellas. The tide is turning in Tampa!!!

  9. SB with Jameis Says:

    Hey Joe, maybe tomorrow you could include an excerpt about Alabama’s QB Blake Barnett and his stunning surfer girl arm candy. 🙂 So smokin’

  10. Tbbucs3 Says:

    He doesn’t have much film available because of his school but all I know is he has really good footwork. Maybe he’s good or just another Mcdougal/Conte type (very average). I’m skeptical of the Smith/Bond/Vitale trio.

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    The proof is in the pudding Mr. Smith. Get out there and perform. We are watching and waiting……

  12. JarvisMoss Says:

    was anyone else’s first reaction to the word “ecstasy” Noah Spence?

  13. Rrsrq Says:

    This could be a classic draft (common theme), confident humility

  14. Rrsrq Says:

    Good find Joe, enjoyed that.

  15. Matt Says:

    So unsure of everything . Usually people with great attitudes have great plans of achievement . He was about as sure as a 5 year old in a candy store . I mean clearly if he was drafted by TB he should buy a house in TB if you don’t make the team or cut you sell the house and keep trying too get back in on another roster . He will be paid if he can return kicks like his stats say. I saw more in him I think this video actually discouraged me

  16. McBuc Says:

    Matt, why would a 4th round draft pick from a small school go in debt buying a house before he makes the team? I hope he is as good as he says, but history is against him. Of course here are plenty of examples of guys going late in h draft or being undrafted and becoming great players, bu for every Steve Smith and Tom Brady, there are hundreds of guys that did not make it.

  17. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Hopefully another one of Livhts small school steals along with Marpet. I have all the Confidence in Licht now when he takes a unknown quantity like Smith.

  18. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    The chip on his shoulder will help him find success. In Licht I trust.

  19. iamkingsu Says:

    He should play corner

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Props when props are earned, Ryan Smith.

    Until then, it is all talk. Convince us with production.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Matt Says:
    “I mean clearly if he was drafted by TB he should buy a house in TB if you don’t make the team or cut you sell the house…”

    If that isn’t sarcasm, it is a dumb thing to say. I hope it is sarcasm.

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    Has anyone seen *anything* from this guy even in underwear football?