Three Toppers earn their shot in the NFL

Quanterus Smith, Jack Doyle and Adam Smith all picked up opportunities to play at the professional level during and after the 2013 NFL Draft.

All three former Hilltoppers were rated two-star recruits out of high school.

Now the trio have their shot at the NFL.

Quanterus Smith, Jack Doyle and Adam Smith all picked up opportunities to play at the professional level during and after the 2013 NFL Draft.

"Q" Smith, as his teammates call him, was drafted in the 5th round by the Denver Broncos with the No. 146 overall pick.

The 6-foot-5, 250 pound defensive end was the Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2012, finishing with 12.5 sacks before an ACL injury ended his season prematurely.

Doyle, a 6-foot-6, 253 pound tight end, signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.

The Indianapolis (Ind.) native finished with 53 catches for 566 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2012, ending his career as a Hilltopper with 162 total catches for 1,769 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Adam Smith, a 6-foot-5, 320 pound offensive lineman, will get his NFL shot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After receiving first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors for his play on the field in 2012, the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native signed a free agent contract with the Buc's on April 28.

Watch Broncos head coach John Fox and executive vice president of football operations John Elway give "Q" Smith the news.

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