2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Torrey Smith
The Stafford Senior High School utility man, Torrey Smith’s versatility only continued with him at Maryland as he returned punts, played different receiver positions, and even made plays in a few run plays.
Smith wasn’t very highly recruited out of high school, despite all of the plays he made. He was a three star recruit, and only saw scholarship offers from a handful of schools. He ultimately signed on with Maryland, only to redshirt his freshman season and follow it up with making a big impact as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He started the last six games in 2008, and continued throughout the 2010 season.
Player Name: Torrey Smith
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’0 7/8
Hand: 8 5/8
40 Time: 4.43
Smith’s speed is second to none in the 2011 NFL Draft. He very well may be the fastest receiver to most likely be selected in the first three rounds. He’s not only fast, but quick and agile, doing a nice job getting behind the secondary to make plays down field. He can make big plays after the catch, as he’s nearly impossible to tackle one on one in the open field. He has excellent body control, and despite not having a big frame, he fights for the ball with even the biggest of corners and safeties. He has a great ability to locate the football and comes back for the ball when needed (which was a lot with Maryland QB’s). He catches the ball at its highest point, and does a nice job of protecting it as a ball carrier. He does a very nice job of getting separation. Smith is also an exceptional kick returner.
While Smith seems to have soft hands, he doesn’t have strong hands, as sometimes he’ll get the ball knocked out when making the catch in traffic. He doesn’t run the most fluid routes, although he does cut in and out of his breaks fairly well. He tends to improvise his routes somewhat finding the open space regardless whether it takes him off course. He lacks the strength to get off of press coverage, although corners will generally have to play off of him to respect his speed deep. He didn’t run a large variety of routes, as he mostly utilized his speed on vertical routes.
Smith could sneak into the bottom of the first round to a team like Baltimore, but the early to mid second round is the ideal time to select him. His ability to make plays after the catch will be coveted by many teams running a West Coast Offense, but he can stretch the field and is a fit for any pass first offense. Look for teams like Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, and Minnesota to target him in the second round. I think his floor is at pick 47 with the St. Louis Rams, who will be desperate to give Sam Bradford a great weapon in the passing game.
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