2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

by Cory J. Bonini on February 14, 2011 @ 03:41:20 PDT

 


Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith has chosen to enter the 2011 NFL Draft after his breakout junior season. He is a big play waiting to happen and also stars as a dynamic return specialist.

In 2010, Smith caught 67 passes for 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns - all career bests.

Strengths

  • Vertical threat
  • Blazing speed and acceleration
  • Explosive special teams returner (three career touchdowns)
  • Extremely popular among his teammates and coaches
  • Torrey Smith, draft prospect
    Smith's speed sets him apart
    Competitive and dedicated
  • Willing blocker
  • Body control
  • Ability after the catch
  • Good vision, balance and cutback ability
  • Tremendous upside

Weaknesses

  • Hands - just an OK receiver, too many body catches
  • Getting off the line versus press coverage
  • Needs to improve technique as a blocker
  • Route running - needs to refine his footwork and improve his separation ability when he can't use his speed

Expected draft placement

Smith is a very promising prospect with a bright future in the NFL. Coaches will love to work with him, and his big-play style means he can be gradually worked in as an every-down receiver.

Smith should go in the early second round, but if a team is that impressed with him, a late first-round selection isn't out of the question.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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