The Jacksonville Jaguars signed rookie defensive end Brian Smith to a contract today. Smith was drafted with the Jaguars' second of two picks in the fourth round, and was one of 11 players selected by the Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft in April. He is the first Jaguars draft pick to sign a contract.
Smith, 23, was the 113th overall selection in the draft. The 6-3, 225-pounder started three seasons at Missouri before missing the final four games of his senior season with a broken hip. In 44 career games with 29 starts, he holds the Missouri team record with 31.5 sacks and earned All-Conference honors three years in a row. The Denton, Texas native added 103 tackles, nine forced fumbles and one interception.
The Jaguars also added veteran free agent tight end Isaac Smolko to the roster on Thursday. The 6-5, 257-pound tight end was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Pittsburgh in 2006 out of Penn State, but was waived on August 29, 2006.
The team will resume OTA (organized team activity) practices on June 5.