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Donovan Cole Smith (born June 23, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State, and was drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Donovan Smith
No. 76 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-23) June 23, 1993 (age 26)
Hempstead, New York
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:338 lb (153 kg)
Career information
High school:Owings Mills (MD)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:64
Games started:64
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Early yearsEdit

Smith was born in Hempstead, New York and lived in New York until he and his twin sister moved to Owings Mills, Maryland prior to their sophomore year in high school to live with their uncle and his wife.[1]

He attended Owings Mills High School, where he did not allow a single sack as a junior or senior and also was a standout defensive lineman. Smith played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[2] Smith also participated in track & field. Smith was rated by as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the ninth-best offensive tackle in his class.[3] He committed to Penn State to play college football.[4]

College careerEdit

Smith attended Penn State from 2011 to 2014. After redshirting his first year, Smith would become a starter in 2012 and would start 31 games during his career.[5]

After the 2014 season, Smith decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[6][7]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
338 lb
(153 kg)
34 38 in
(0.87 m)
10 58 in
(0.27 m)
5.01 s 1.82 s 3.04 s 4.79 s 7.95 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine except 40 yd dash from Penn State Pro Day [8]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Smith in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[9] On June 1, 2015, the Buccaneers signed him to a four-year, $6.06 million contract with $4.37 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.67 million.[10]

He entered his rookie season as the Buccaneer's starting left tackle. Smith started the Buccaneer's season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. He finished his rookie season starting all 16 regular season contests.

Smith was named the starting left tackle again the following season under new head coach Dirk Koetter. He started the season-opener the next 13 consecutive games.[11]

On March 5, 2019, Smith signed a three-year, $41.5 million contract extension with the Buccaneers.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Smith was raised by his mother, Sharon Smith, and has four siblings. He has three sisters named Ebony, Tamika, and Danielle and has one brother named Dwayne. He studied criminology at Penn State and wants to become a detective or FBI agent in the future. He also enjoys reading, cooking, video games, fishing, and watching standup comedy.[13]

He appeared as a human canvas on the eighth season of Spike TV's Ink Master.


  1. ^ "Pinstripe Bowl notes: Family reunion for Donovan Smith". Archived from the original on January 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "PSU recruiting spotlight: Saving Donovan Smith". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Donovan Smith".
  4. ^ "Recruiting Report: Decision is in for Owings Mills' Donovan Smith - Terps, basketball, football and college recruiting news in the Baltimore area from Matt Bracken -".
  5. ^ Baltimore Sun (January 20, 2015). "After ups and downs at Penn State, Owings Mills' Donovan Smith tries for NFL".
  6. ^ "Penn State OL Donovan Smith to declare early for draft – Big Ten Blog – ESPN".
  7. ^ The Morning Call (December 29, 2014). "Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith to enter NFL draft – The Morning Call".
  8. ^ "Donovan Smith – Penn State, OT : 2015 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  9. ^ "Buccaneers Draft OT Donovan Smith". May 2, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  10. ^ " Donovan Smith contract". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Donovan Smith". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Teope, Herbie (March 5, 2019). "Bucs, Donovan Smith agree to three-year, $41.5M deal".
  13. ^ "Penn State Nittany Lions: Donovan Smith bio". Retrieved December 16, 2016.

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