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FAU DB D'Joun Smith Picked 65th By Indianapolis

Following in the footsteps of fellow Owl defensive back, Keith Reaser, Smith made some noise in the secondary his senior year, and earned the first pick of the third round by the Colts as a result.

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A stellar combine performance can not only improve a player's draft stock, but it can also sometimes sell teams on picking said player despite them not being seen as one of their predicted targets.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With the 65th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the Colts select DB D&#39;Joun Smith from FAU. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColtsDraft?src=hash">#ColtsDraft</a> <a href="http://t.co/pMlUMQ2aGU">pic.twitter.com/pMlUMQ2aGU</a></p>&mdash; Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) <a href="https://twitter.com/Colts/status/594314406789513216">May 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The Colts have had a bit of a curious draft as the traditional needs identified by pundits (offensive line, safety) have thus far been ignored. Smith's strengths are playing cleanup on plays in open space and can tackle well in the open field, so perhaps they'll consider moving him to safety to take advantage of his physical play.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> are one injury away from trouble at CB. Needed depth. Did they need it more than they needed DL? Probably not.</p>&mdash; Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) <a href="https://twitter.com/HolderStephen/status/594316089749860353">May 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Smith was widely seen as an underrated prospect with a lot of upside, although whether his play will translate to the next level remains to be seen.

You can check out our draft profile of D'Joun Smith here.