2011 NFL Draft: Scouting Report on the Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 29, 2011

When Torrey Smith slipped to Round 2 amongst quite a selection of lightning-quick wide receivers, the Baltimore Ravens made him their guy at pick No. 58. He is a walking home run threat; any slant or deep bomb can end with six on the board.

After posting 67 catches for 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior year, Smith was named 2010 first-team All-ACC by the Associated Press. The six-foot, 204-pound Maryland Terrapin switched from kick returner—where he took three to the house—to No. 1 wide out. He will continue to go through plenty of growing pains at the position, especially with route running and escaping press techniques, as elaborated on in the USA Today NFL Draft Preview Special Edition.

He has very good straight-line speed and gets off to a good jump at the snap. He can reach out to pluck a ball from the air and hang on when he takes a hit. He was not asked to run too many complex routes at Maryland, so he will be a work in progress in that area. His best skills come after a catch, when he can make defenders miss him in the open field.