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Jags sign third-round pick D'Anthony Smith


The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith to a contract. Smith was the club's third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the 74th pick overall. Length and terms of the contract are undisclosed.

Four of the Jaguars' six draft picks are now under contract. The team is scheduled to report to training camp on Thursday, July 29 with the first practice scheduled for the morning of Friday, July 30.

Smith was a two-time first-team All-Western Conference (WAC) selection at Louisiana Tech. He started 44 of 49 games and finished his career with 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks along with 197 tackles. He was the first Louisiana Tech player to be drafted since 2007 and the highest selection since 1999. Smith, 22, played in the Senior Bowl alongside Jaguars first-round pick Tyson Alualu.

Smith, 6-2, 298, served as a team captain as a senior and finished 51 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. As a junior, he led the team with five sacks and eight tackles for loss while ranking third with a career-high 65 tackles. He graduated in three and a half years with a bachelor's degree in psychology while earning a 3.0 grade point average.

A native of Pickering, Louisiana, Smith was a four-year starter at tight end and defensive lineman at Pickering High School. He also played basketball for four seasons and lettered on the track and field team, winning the state title in the shot put as a junior and senior. He comes from a military family and was born in Berlin, Germany.

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