40: 4.40 (estimated)
Has good size and speed. Is able to stretch the field and get behind the defense. Is a capable route-runner that shows enough attention to detail. Is able to separate due to good burst. Gets a good release off the line. Does a nice job attacking the ball and can bail out his quarterback on bad throws. Has nice hands and good speed after the catch. Gives good effort as a blocker and is able to get position on the edge. Can get the seal on the second level to spring the runner. Capable kickoff returner.
Will let the ball get into his body at times and doesn't always secure it before trying to turn upfield. Doesn't always dominate competition. Doesn't consistently show speed and acceleration to be a dangerous return threat.
Smith is a rising talent that started to break out as a junior with some big games where he dominated his competition. He is a good athlete, that shines as a vertical receiver, but also shows enough ability to think he can potentially be a rangy, No. 1 target on the underneath stuff as well. Had his best season as a junior with 67 catches for 1055 yards (15.7 avg) and 12 touchdowns. The previous year as a starter he had 61 catches for 824 yards (13.5 avg) and 5 scores. As a junior, he had 4 big games of 150+ yards, including a 14-catch, 224-yard, and 4 TD game against N.C. State at the end of the year. Shined as a kickoff returner his first two seasons, returning 93 kicks for an average of 25.8 yards and 3 touchdowns. But his production dipped as a junior, with only 19.5 yard average on 30 returns and no scores. For his career, also rushed 21 times for an average of 3.1 yards and an additional touchdown.
Smith has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level. But unlike some of the other top receivers in this class, he's probably not going to be do so early in his career. But Smith shows all the tools that you want to see there. He reminds me a lot of Roddy White. They have similar size, and like Roddy, Smith does a lot of the little things to be a very difficult matchup despite not having the greatest size or speed. Smith's potential as a blocker is a big reason why that comparison is easy for me. He's not quite there yet, but shows the potential to be one of the better blockers in the league. And like Roddy, I think it's going to take him a few years before he really starts to live up to his potential. I think he can come in right away and contribute as a complementary receiver, but I'd be surprised if he caught more than 40 passes as a rookie. He'll work best as a complementary threat that can stretch the field. And as he polishes up his game, he should slowly start to take over more as a No. 1 target. By his second or third season, he should be a 1000-yard receiver. He's a playmaker, and at worst he should be one of the better No. 2 targets in the league. You can be pretty confident you'll get a good receiver, just the only question is how good. He has the potential to be a Top 10 receiver in the league.
Smith would be a nice asset opposite White early on. He can be used as a vertical threat. As a rookie, he would probably be the No. 3 guy and be able to contribute with 30 or so catches as he adapts to the pro game. But his talent is such that I would be surprised if he hasn't surpassed Jenkins as the No. 2 guy by the end of his second year. He woudl help add a big play element to the Falcons offense, but as time wears on develop as a good fit in the Falcons ball control offense. He would give the team a very good complementary receiver. Not sure he's going to be a go-to playmaker early in his career, but by his second or third year be the type of guy that can make teams pay for doubling Roddy. He could potentially shine in a limited role. He has the potential to replace Weems as a return threat as well, giving him immediate value on special teams as well.
Smith has first round potential, but because he may not have the quickest length to impact, he's not worth more than a late first rounder.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.5
Body Control: 4.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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