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When I interviewed Sean Smith at Utah's Pro Day, he told me how much he loved working out in Miami. Now the former Ute is heading back to South Beach to live out his dream.
On Saturday, Smith was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.
"This is a happy experience to be drafted," Smith said in a conference call. "This is something I wanted to do since I was a child. It is an honor to be part of the Dolphins organization."
The Dolphins like big, physical cornerbacks making Sean a perfect fit in South Florida.
This guy is over six-foot-three, he runs very well, he's kind of young to the position, but we feel like he's got a huge upside,"said Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland. "Good young man, again, another kid we feel has got a high character to him. We are excited to see him come in and play. He's going to play cornerback. People may think he goes to play safety, but he's definitely a cornerback, he's going to be a big cornerback who's hopefully going to play a lot for the Miami Dolphins."
Miami chose Vontae Davis in the first round, and hope to pair him with Smith in the Defensive Backfield for years to come.
"His skill set is rare for his size," said Ireland "We have to do a good job of continuing to develop those skill sets. I think he will play, and I think he will play pretty early. He was picked a little later in the draft compared to Davis, so he has a little ways to go, but I think he will play pretty early."
Utah fans know what Sean Smith brings to the table. Now Dolphins fans will learn.
"Excitement. I am a very versatile athlete who can make plays on the defensive side of the ball. I am just ready to get down there and prove it to the world."