April 24, 2004
Albany--The long wait is over for Daryl Smith. The former Georgia Tech and Dougherty High linebacker fulfilled a life long dream Saturday night by being drafted in the National Football League.
Smith was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh pick in the second round, the 39th overall. The 6'1" 234 lb. linebacker was with friends and family at his parent's house in Albany when the call from the Jaguars came in late Saturday afternoon.
Daryl Smith was the Jaguars second selection in the draft. The Jags took Washington wide receiver Reggie Williams with their ninth pick in the first round.
Smith is excited about playing for a team that is just a short three hour drive from Albany. "Being close to home I think is a big advantage for me. My family can come right down and come and see my play. So, I think it's a big advantage for me," Smith said.
Daryl Smith finished his career at Georgia Tech as a four year starter and is 11th on the all time tackles list.
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