Former WKU Defensive End Quanterus Smith Selected By The Denver Broncos In Fifth Round of NFL Draft

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Former WKU defensive end Quanterus Smith was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 146 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon, making him the 28th drafted player in WKU football history.

Smith is the fifth player in WKU history to be selected in the fifth round or better and the first Hilltopper drafted since the Cincinnati Bengals selected Jeremi Johnson in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Smith is just the 10th WKU NFL draftee in the past 30 years and the first Hilltopper drafted by the Broncos.

“I’m very excited, I’m glad this opportunity came," Smith said on a Denver Broncos conference call. "I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity. It’s an overwhelming feeling.”

Smith ended his WKU career last fall tied as the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in sacks at 24 and was half a sack shy of setting the single-season record before suffering a season-ending injury on Nov. 17. He ended the year with 12.5 sacks in 10 games, making him the nation’s leader in sacks per game at 1.25.

The Loganville, Ga., product also set a conference record when he finished with 5.0 sacks in a win at Florida International - the second-highest single-game total in NCAA history.  Additionally, he was also credited with 3.5 sacks at Arkansas State and 3.0 sacks at Alabama. 

Smith had three sacks against Alabama, all of which came against tackle D.J. Fluker, the No.11 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Smith’s sacks were the most the eventual national champions gave up to an opposing player in 2012. Smith posted multiple tackles for loss in five games, including a career best 5.5 at Arkansas State.  He was also credited with three forced fumbles, and returned his one fumble recovery 75 yards for a touchdown late in the game against Florida Atlantic. 

Smith joins former All-American running back Bobby Rainey, a 2012 Baltimore Ravens signee, as the only active Hilltoppers in the NFL. The Broncos host their first rookie mini-camp May 11-13 and begin official team activities May 21. 

WKU NFL Draft Selections

Quanterus Smith – 2013, Denver Broncos 5th round

Jeremi Johnson – 2003, Cincinnati Bengals 4th round

Joseph Jefferson – 2002, Indianapolis Colts 3rd round (Highest selection in WKU history)

Mel Mitchell – 2002, New Orleans Saints 5th round

Milton Biggins – 1992, Miami Dolphins 12th round

Jerome Martin – 1990, Green Bay Packers 10th round

Webbie Burnett – 1990, New Orleans Saints 11th round

David Smith – 1988, Philadelphia Eagles 8th round

Paul Gray – 1984, New Orleans Saints 10th round

Davlin Mullen – 1983, New York Jets 8th round

Lamont Meacham – 1982, Baltimore Colts 11th round

Eddie Preston – 1980, Houston Oilers 11h round

David Carter – 1977, Houston Oilers 6th round

Rick Caswell – 1976, New York Giants 13th round

Virgil Livers – 1975, Chicago Bears 4th round

John Bushong – 1975, Baltimore Colts 8th round

Mike McCoy – 1974, Houston Oilers 8th round

Clarence Jackson – 1974, New York Jets 16th round

Isaac “Ike” Brown – 1973, New England Patriots 8th round

Lawrence Brame – 1972, St. Louis Cardinals 16th round

Billy Green – 1971, Cleveland Browns 15th round

Sam Pearson – 1971, Cincinnati Bengals 17th round

Dale Lindsey – 1965, Cleveland Browns 7th round

Jim Burt – 1965, Los Angeles Rams 10th round

Bill Strawn – 1956, Philadelphia Eagles 28th round

Robert Simpson – 1953, New York Giants

Jimmy Feix – 1953, New York Giants

Frank Wallheiser – 1950, Chicago Cardinals 12th round

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