Torrey Smith

Patriots looking to add speed on offense

Pre-draft workouts mean different things for different teams, but one team that isn’t afraid to tip their hand is the Patriots. Their draft visits are (surprisingly) often made public, and they often draft off the list of player’s they’ve visited with.

Among the players who worked out for and were lated drafted by the Patriots are¬†Patrick Chung, Darius Butler, Tyrone McKenzie, Brandon Tate, Julian Edeman, Aaron Hernandez, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski. And that’s from the past two drafts alone.

Kendall Hunter could be a 2nd-round option for the Patriots

So far this year I’ve found reports of 21 players that are visiting the Patriots, and there’s one common thread linking most of them: speed.

Among the speedsters that Patriots have shown an interest in are five running backs – ¬†Ryan Williams, Derrick Locke, Kendall Hunter, Jordan Todman and Da’Rel Scott (who had the fast 40 time among running backs at the combine).

The Patriots have also shown an interest in some of this year’s faster receivers, including Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Cecil Shorts and Randall Cobb. They’ve also visited with Virgil Green, arguably the most athletic tight end in this year’s class.

With such a long list it’s tough to say who the Patriots are targeting at this point, but it’s clear that they’re putting a priority on adding athletes on offense. With four picks in the first two rounds, it’s safe to assume that Belichick will bring aboard at least one more weapon for Tom Brady.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Patriots Comments Off

Rams interested in trading down

Rams GM Billy Daveney has stated that he and his staff are already discussing the possibility of trading down on draft day.

It makes perfect sense and is probably their dream scenario unless Julio Jones is on the board.

The Rams only glaring need is a wide receiver, but only Jones and A.J. Green are likely to get top 15 grades from many teams. However, there could be two or three receivers – Torrey Smith, Jon Baldwin and Titus Young – worthy of a late 1st-round selection.

In addition to receiver, two other primary areas of need in St. Louis – outside linebacker and cornerback – are lacking mid-1st-round talent, making the move even more likely. In a situation where Jones, Akeem Ayers, Prince Amukamara and Jimmy Smith are all off the board, the Rams may be forced to trade down or settle for someone at a position that doesn’t fill a hole.

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Torrey Smith scouting report

Torrey Smith WR Maryland

Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 205

Strengths:
Decent size. Well-built receiver who can take a hit. Elite speed; a serious deep threat. Gets up to full speed quickly. Has the agility to make guys miss in the open field. Experienced on special teams and should immediately be an impact kick returner at the next level. Reliable hands. Showed steady progress throughout his career. A good kid who was raised in a tough environment but never succumbed to outside pressures.
Weaknesses:
Route running arsenal is limited; typically ran only basic routes and was often used to just stretch the field. Hands are typically solid, but he’ll drop some easy ones from time to time.
Comments:
Smith was developing nicely at Maryland through his first two years, but no one could have expected his breakout 2010 campaign. So is he for real, or was he just a one-hit wonder? He doesn’t have the body of work to compare to A.J. Green or Julio Jones, but he was arguably more explosive than either this past season. The most impressive thing about Smith is that he actually plays as fast as he runs in shorts. He isn’t just a workout warrior, he’ll be a legitimate deep threat at the next level. He may need a year or two to reach his full potential, but I believe he’ll eventually become a true No. 1 receiver.
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Maryland WR Torrey Smith turning pro

Maryland junior wide receiver Torrey Smith announced after the Terps big win over East Carolina that he would be taking his talents to the NFL.

Given the extremely weak class of senior receivers, it makes sense for Smith and many other junior receivers to turn pro.

Smith is coming off a breakout junior year and could compete with Julio Jones and Jonathan Baldwin (neither of whom have officially declared) to be the second receiver off the board after A.J. Green.

Although Smith is far from a household name, I fully expect him to shoot up draft board after showcasing his talents at the combine and in his pro day.

What I love most about Smith is his versatility. He has the speed to be a serious deep threat (he averaged 16.1 yds per rec this season) but he also has the size to be a possession receiver.

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