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Draft Sleeper Watch: RB Michael Smith and WR TY Hilton Run in 4.3s at Pro Days

TY Hilton's game will remind you of 2011 second-round pick for the Lions, Titus Young
TY Hilton's game will remind you of 2011 second-round pick for the Lions, Titus YoungGregory Shamus/Getty Images
Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 9, 2012

After Justin Blackmon ran in the 4.4s at his pro day today, it would have been easy to miss the performances that were even faster from small-school offensive skill players.

First, at Utah State's pro day, RB Michael Smith is creating buzz after an incredible all-around workout. Amazingly, he isn't even the best RB prospect from Utah State, as fellow Aggie Robert Turbin had already created buzz after his combine performance. Smith wasn't invited to the combine, although his numbers today would have blown away any RB at the combine.

Dan Mogollon of All Media NY reports:

Former #USU #Aggies RB Michael Smith had some pro day: 4.35 40-yard dash, 10’6” broad jump & 40.5” vertical.

Smith certainly put himself in the mix to be a third- or fourth-round pick for a speed-obsessed team. However, he could still fall well into the third day, simply because this draft is so deep at RB.

Don't think that he is underestimated by the league if he falls to the fifth or sixth round. The chances are that he's a third- or even second-rounder on the board of the team that takes him.

Florida International is giving the draft another one of its fastest players, WR TY Hilton. Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline reports:

TY Hilton/WR/FIU officially in mid-4.3's and had a tremendous pro-day. 

Hilton has some durability questions, but he is an ideal slot receiver/deep threat/return man. If he checks out medically, Hilton could go as high as Boise State WR Titus Young went last year (No. 44, second round).

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