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05 May 2016

BUCCANEERS SIGN DRAFT PICK RYAN SMITH; AGREE TO TERMS WITH DRAFT PICK CALEB BENENOCH

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed defensive back Ryan Smith, the team’s fourth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and agreed to terms with offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, the team’s fifth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
                                                               
Smith (6-0, 190) was chosen in the fourth round (108th overall) out of North Carolina Central, where he started 42-of-45 career games, totaling 263 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 31 passes defensed, eight fumble recoveries, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. He also returned 14 kickoffs for 394 yards and one touchdown. A native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Smith set North Carolina Central records in both solo tackles (168) and kickoff return average (28.1). He will wear No. 29 for Tampa Bay.
 
Benenoch (6-5, 305) was selected in the fifth round (148th overall) from UCLA, where he started the final 35 games of his collegiate career, spending time at both tackle and guard. In 2015, the Katy, Texas native was part of an offensive line that surrendered just 14 sacks, the second-lowest total in school history. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 status as a sophomore (2014), after helping block for running back Paul Perkins, who led the league in rushing and recorded the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history. He will wear No. 77 for the Buccaneers.
 
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