Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith breaks the news about himself?

July 29, 2011 | Luke Jones

Multiple reports have speculated about the imminent signing of first-round pick Jimmy Smith, but it appears the cornerback decided to break the news himself.

The 27th overall pick announced on his verified Twitter account late Thursday night that he will officially sign his contract on Friday.

“Ok.. its official I sign tomoro..” [sic], Smith wrote on his Twitter page.

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Of course, there’s always the slim chance of his account being “hacked” like many athletes have claimed after foolishly spouting off on Twitter, but it appears the Ravens will have all eight draft picks under contract in time for the second day of practice.

If Smith proves correct, he wouldn’t be the first athlete to break his own news in an era when social media rules over all.

And he certainly won’t be the last.