Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland Terrapins
Torrey Smith is effective in the open field. He was a returner at Maryland and knows how to work in open spaces. He's also very quick and changes direction well, which allows him to create his own space when need be. He's an agile athlete who gets off the line quickly and is able to burn corners with his speed. Game film shows Smith running a lot of comeback routes, which allows him to use his athleticism, speed and ability to create his own space. He's also used in the long passing game, which allows him to utilize his speed and run past defenders. Smith is a very high character kid.
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One thing that stands out about Smith is the way he catches the ball. A catch is a catch, but he needs to work on using his hands more to catch passes instead of relying on his body. As mentioned, he primarily ran comebacks and deep routes with some other shorter routes mixed in while in college. He'll need to develop his route tree, but good coaching should go a long way in this area. He's not an exceptional run blocker.
Smith will likely be used as a big play and deep threat receiver on the offense and should find a home on special teams as a returner as well. He may not be that receiver upon which an offense can hang its hat, but if he irons out some of his flaws, he'll grow into a very effective weapon for whoever drafts him this April.
As touched upon, Smith demonstrates very high character. His former coach at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen, was quoted as saying of Smith, "God created a perfect person." These days, being a high character athlete goes a long way when evaluating NFL talent.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Ultimately, Smith is likely to be taken in the second round. However, some consider him a strong candidate to be the third receiver taken in this year's draft, which would probably put him in the first round. Teams picking in the twenties that could look to go receiver in the first include the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
If Smith slips into the second round, possible destinations are abundant. The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns could look to go wide receiver early in the second. The Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams are interesting possibilities in the middle of the round. Smith could also fall in the second to any of the teams mentioned as possible landing spots for him in the first round.
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