And so it starts. Underclassmen have until January 15th to declare their eligibility for the 2011 draft, and it’s already starting. University of Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith has announced on his Twitter page that he’s done with the NCAA and is going to head to the NFL.
“I’m forgoing my last year of eligibility to enter the nfl draft #terpnation and all supporters I appreciate your support,” he tweets.
He’s 6′ 1″ and 205 lbs. While he didn’t do much in tonight’s bowl game against East Carolina (that’s who I think it was against. I really don’t give a rat’s petute about that part of the story being accurate. If you care enough about who they played, you’d already be armed with that information).
Smith is big and fast and will undoubtedly be compared to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is by far the worst receiver taken in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft despite being the first guy off the board. However, that’s not really fair since Smith actually has had decent production in college. Remember DHB, was all 40 time and no actual….you know….production on the football field.
It’s early, but some are projecting Smith as a late first-round pick/early second rounder. Then again, that’s what they said about DHB and Al Davis changed all that with wave of his magic draft wand.