Tre'Quan Smith NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for New Orleans Saints' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Central Florida wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (4) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown against Memphis during the second half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Central Florida won in overtime 62-55. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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POSITIVES

—Scott Frost offense demanded he impact the run game as a blocker.

—Excellent jump-ball receiver who can win with high-pointing.

—Times his move on the ball well and shows natural athleticism playing above the turf.

—Has the speed to stretch the field and can run off defenders.

—Productive down the field and flashed the ability to pick up chunk plays after the catch.

     

NEGATIVES

—Big catch radius but struggles with drops.

—Thin frame allows press coverage to slow him down.

—Frame is maxed out and looks stiff when asked to break off routes.

—Weak through traffic and can be timid at the catch point.

—Frame and catch radius limitations might limit him to a slot role only.

     

OVERALL
Tre'Quan Smith excelled at UCF with his speed and big-play ability but needs to refine his game as a route-runner and work on using his length to his advantage. He's solid but likely tops out as a mid-round pick.

     

GRADE: 5.90 (Round 4)
PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Devin Smith, New York Jets

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