Maryland’s Torrey Smith Will Go Pro

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 29, 2010



Today, junior wide receiver Torrey Smith of the Maryland Terrapins declared that he is going to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.

 

“I’m forgoing my last year of eligibility to enter the nfl draft,” Smith said via his Twitter page, @TorreySmithWR. This was posted shortly after Maryland’s 51-20 blowout victory over ECU in the Military Bowl, during which he had two catches for 10 yards and one run for negative three yards.

 

During the 2010 regular season, he hauled in 65 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns. He led the Terrapins by a rather large margin in all of those categories. Throughout his career at Maryland, he has accumulated 2,208 yards on 150 receptions, including 19 touchdowns.

 

He was also a huge weapon in the kick return game for the Terrapins. During his career, he returned 124 kickoffs for 2,983 yards and three touchdowns.

 

According to Scout Inc.’s draft board via ESPN.com, Smith is the fifth ranked wide receiver in this year’s draft and is ranked 53rd overall. Personally, if he can turn in a good pre-draft workout and show that he was more than just a big fish in a small pond (the small pond being Maryland’s receiving corp), I think he could go as early as mid-second round of the draft. Despite not having prototypical wide receiver size, his athleticism and quickness will make him a valuable asset to whichever team drafts him.

 

Smith is one of the first underclassmen so far to declare that they will be entering the 2011 NFL Draft.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.