Buccaneers Surrounding Rookie QB Jameis Winston With Line Help


Donovan Smith’s first job as a professional NFL tackle will be to help protect the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft quarterback Jameis Winston.

“I trained for this position all my life,” Smith said shortly after being selected with the 34th pick overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith (6-foot-6, 338 pounds) started 31 games at Penn State and was on the Outland Trophy preseason watch list before his final season at Penn State. He played through the trials and tribulations the school experienced in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The Buccaneers offensive line was lousy last year to say the least. The front office swung and missed on 2014 free agent signee Anthony Collins who was released after one-year with the Bucs. He had a disappointing season in his debut year in Tampa Bay and was released this past March after signing a five-year $30 million contract last year.


About Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.