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Torrey Smith’s Impact

Where Will Torrey Smith Make The Most Impact?

The Ravens second round selection Torrey Smith obviously adds speed to the wideout position. Smith is 6-1, 205 pounds and has 4.4 (forty) speed.  There are two areas that Smith should be able to make an instant impact with the team: One, as a deep threat receiver stretching the field and two, as a kick returner on special teams.

Stretching the Field

Smith is a legitimate deep threat and will have the ability to stretch defenses.  It’s been noted by many analysts that he will have to improve upon his route running and he needs to be more consistent with catching with his hands. But, for the Ravens he’s all about speed and stretching the defenses– the deep posts and downfield routes (‘streak or ‘go routes’).

Opens Up The Underneath:The Ravens have been searching for speed at the receiver position for a few years now. Donte Stallworth added speed and yet, he wasn’t used much in that capacity. Utilized properly Smith’s speed alone could open up space for receivers running the underneath routes such as Anquan Boldin and Todd Heap.

Open Field Ability: Smith has the ability to change directions quickly and can make defenders miss. You could easily see Smith being used on screen plays and reverses in addition to running the deep passing routes. The Ravens wanted playmakers in this draft and Smith has the potential to be a legitimate threat whenever he touches the ball.

Kick Return Game

Smith should be able to make an immediate impact in the kick return game. He broke the ACC kick return-yard record with 2,983 kick return yards (123 attempts, 24.3 Avg.).  Smith changes direction well without losing much speed.

Familiarity with the pro system:

The Ravens are high on Smith and we should expect to see him incorporated into the offense his rookie year. A real positive is that Smith should be able to learn the offense fairly quickly.  As reported by the Baltimore Sun, “Smith said that former coach Ralph Friedgen ran a similar offense when Smith starred at Maryland, catching 152 passes for 2,218 yards and 19 touchdowns in his three years in College Park. He said the Terps used a lot of the same formations and hot reads, “so it’s not foreign by any means.”

Torrey Smith, Maryland College Career Stats:

Career Receiving:152 Rec, 2215 Yds, 14.6 Avg, 19 TD
Career Kick Returns:123 Ret, 2983 Yds, 24.3 Avg, 3 TD
Career Scoring:23 TD, 138 Pts



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One Response to “Torrey Smith’s Impact”

  1. That’s my biggest concern with Smith – his hands. Here’s hoping he can improve on that area because he has the speed the team needs.

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