After being drafted in the Fourth Round by the Browns in 1964, Jim Ray Smith played at Defensive End as a rookie. Smith was not a starter but played well enough for Paul Brown to think his talents would be better served on the Offensive Line. As was often the case, Brown was right.
Smith gained six starts at Right Guard in 1957 and moved to Left Guard the following year, where he began a five-year streak of Pro Bowls. Carving holes for his great backfield (mainly Jim Brown), Smith was chosen for three First Team All-Pros and two Second Team All-Pros. He retired after the 1962 season but was coerced out of it by the Dallas Cowboys, who traded for his rights.
Smith played two more years before he retired for good, and in 2005, the Browns named him to their list of honored Legends.