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Smith eyes NFL draft

April 23, 2004

Albany-- While Archie Manning reportedly doesn't want his son Eli to play for the San Diego Chargers, Albany's Daryl Smith doesn't care which NFL team takes him. He just hopes he doesn't have to wait long to hear his name called this weekend.

And if the pre-draft projections are correct, Daryl Smith should hear his name called as early as the end of the first round or early in the second round. The former Dougherty High star is considered one of the top linebackers in this year's draft, and is expected to be picked right after Miami's Jonathan Vilma and D. J. Williams.

Daryl Smith's stock has risen with NFL scouts after his performances in the East/West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and his pro day workout at Georgia Tech in March. A four year starter at inside linebacker at Georgia Tech, Daryl Smith could be moved to outside linebacker in the NFL depending on which team selects him.

Who and when he is picked is no concern to Daryl, he just knows a dream will be fulfilled when his name is called. "It will be big. I have watched it for so many years and to see my name called on there, it will be big."

Daryl Smith leaves Georgia Tech ranked 11th all-time in career tackles.

The NFL draft will begin at noon Saturday and end on Sunday.

posted at 5:50PM by dave.miller@walb.com