(#82) WR Torrey Smith, University of Maryland
The Baltimore Ravens with their 58th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft selected Torrey Smith, wide receiver from the University of Maryland.
Just like Colorado CB Jimmy Smith, Torrey Smith was a prospect that was highly tied to the Ravens from the get go.
We like this pick even more than the Ravens’ first round selection, and for several great reasons.
First, and most important, GM Ozzie Newsome was patient enough to let Smith fall right into his lap.
Because of the run on defenders early in the draft, receivers didn’t start disappearing from the board until the second and third rounds.
The Ravens’ war room could’ve easily pulled a stunt similar to what the Atlanta Falcons pulled in reaching for WR Julio Jones (possibly the biggest reach of the century), but they stayed true to their board and got the third-ranked receiver in this year’s draft.
Smith started 38 games at Maryland, notching 152 receptions and 2,215 receiving yards. Smith’s 2,000-plus receiving yards ranked second in Maryland’s school history.
While Smith does struggle in press-coverage situations, he excels in just about every other area. Known for his hard work and team dedication, Smith will be an immediate starter in Baltimore.
Shortly after Smith was taken by the Ravens in the second round, free agent WR Donte’ Stallworth wished Smith all the best via his Twitter account, stating he would have an excellent mentor in WR Derrick Mason when he arrives in Baltimore.
Stallworth, and other Ravens’ wide-out T.J. Houshmandzadeh, will not rejoin the team in 2011 with the selection of Smith in Round 2, and WR Tandon Doss of Indiana in Round 4.
It’s worth noting that QB Joe Flacco had a significant say in which receivers were acquired by the Ravens in the 2011 Draft. Flacco wanted a particular type of receiver to work with on game day, and Smith, along with Doss, should make Flacco one happy quarterback.
Round 2 Draft Grade: A+