Originally drafted by Dallas in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith was released by the Cowboys on September 5 and awarded off waivers to Cleveland on September 6. He was inactive for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings and was waived by the Browns on September 16. After signing with Detroit on November 18, Smith appeared in the final seven games of the season, recording nine tackles and one sack.
In Smith’s four-year collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati (2005-08), he appeared in 47 games with 28 starts, recording 126 tackles, 12 interceptions, 21 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He also fielded 17 kickoff returns for a 20.8-yard average and 23 punts for a 9.5-yard average. Born on July 17, 1986, the 5-11, 200-pound Smith attended Independence High School in Columbus, Ohio.