Say goodbye to Torrey Smith’s lovely locks, y’all.
But just three hours later the Instagram photos and announcement were posted (plus another one from Facebook not posted by Smith).
“Just a lil change...same face and big cheesy smile,” Smith tweeted.
And now that he has chopped them off, many are wondering what he is going to do with them. He noted that he can’t donate them to charity because they are locked and not straight.
Whether Smith should cut his dreadlocks has been a long-heated debate in Baltimore ever since he was tackled by his hair two years ago by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones on what looked to be a sure catch-and-run for a touchdown.
Well Torrey, that’s where you’d be wrong, even one day following the draft. The reaction from Ravens fans on Twitter and Instagram was almost as fun to see as the photos of Smith’s new clean-cut look.
I’ve never seen so much controversy over one man’s hair.
jacksmm12: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo..... jk still as gorgeous as ever. But really that could've waited
balmerboy: U just improved ur 40 time and less chance of getting tackled again by your hair. Go TS!!
jedaboulhosn: now you have to get a smaller helmet!
mr_general_status: Damn dude save the super bowl dreads sell them on ebay with the autograph jersey
jennsauls: Love it!
The Sports Girls TV: Torrey looks great! Modeling career after football is possible!
john waire : you clean up well :)
Tori Meyers : ...still handsome
Ravens' Draft Grades Are In
The draft grades are in!
They don’t matter, and they are way too premature, but at least they’re good for the Ravens.
Take a look:
A: Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com
“Brown may never be
A: Nate Davis, USA Today
“It's difficult not to respect any draft run by GM Ozzie Newsome. He said in February that improving the guts of the defense was Priority No. 1, and he might have found three new starters in the first three rounds who should do exactly that: S Matt Elam, ILB
A-minus: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
“The Ravens needed to come out of this draft with an inside linebacker and a safety, and with their first two picks, they got two really good players at those positions. Matt Elam has played high-level football at Florida, can move around (particularly up to the line of scrimmage) and make hits. He plays with fearlessness, can make plays in coverage with his good instincts and long arms and slotted in next to
A-minus: Chris Burke, SI.com
“The Ravens used their first four picks on defense: S Matt Elam, LB Arthur Brown, DT Brandon Williams and DE John Simon. All could contribute, but the aggressive move for Brown was impressive. There’s value throughout here, too, with FB Kyle Juszczyk, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore and WR
B: Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun
“I'm not a huge fan of grading drafts in April. After all, who would have predicted
B: Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com
“Best pick: I love second-round linebacker Arthur Brown. He is a perfect Ravens style of player. He will step in and start right away. Questionable move: Passing on a receiver until taking Aaron Mellette from Elon in the seventh round. Third-day gem: The Ravens have been good drafting tackles and making them guards. I think fifth-round pick Ricky Wagner might be another of those. Analysis: Here is another team that does a great job of making picks. It's why they don't need to worry about the losses they had. Getting Matt Elam (first) and Brown will really amp up the defense. Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta hit again.
B: Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
“The Ravens are an unflappable organization built on a consistent approach to the draft. So even after losing Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger and Bernard Pollard, Baltimore patiently waited to rebuild through the draft rather than pay retail prices in free agency. The result is that the Ravens picked at least two guys (Elam and Brown) who should start right away and three or four other players who could be significant contributors. In particular, Elam has a chance to be an excellent player, as long as fans aren't expecting the second coming of Reed. This is the kind of approach that has kept long term success sustainable in Baltimore.”
Schmuck: Not Worth Keeping Rolando With New Drafted Talent
The Ravens’ aggressive move to trade up and nab linebacker Arthur Brown has been lauded as one of the steals of the 2013 draft. Analysts believe Brown had first-round talent and could start immediately to fill the hole in the middle of the defense left by Ray Lewis.
Now that the Ravens have reloaded on defense with Brown and much, much more talent, The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck believes the team no longer needs to put up with the “headache” that recently signed linebacker
After listening to Newsome’s post-draft press conference comments about needing to make “tough decisions” about the roster starting Sunday, Schmuck got the feeling that a decision to cut the former Butkus-award winner and eighth-overall pick could be coming soon.
“[T]here was speculation heading into this weekend that Newsome might wait to see how the draft dominoes fell before deciding whether to release McClain or hang with him and hope there is a productive Raven inside all that baggage,” Schmuck wrote. “If that's the case, it shouldn't be a tough decision. The Ravens moved up in the second round to draft Brown, a versatile Kansas State linebacker who could fill the same need if he's ready for prime time.”
That said, Schmuck said the Ravens could also just be trying to be fair-minded with McClain’s most recent arrest. After all, the 23-year-old linebacker recently said that police “arrested the wrong guy.”
Based off prior history with the Raiders, McClain could become a disruptive presence in a locker room full of young talent, including six new defensive rookies drafted last week. And for Schmuck, it’s just not worth taking the risk.
“Don't want to be too flip about a situation where a young man's professional career is on the line, but if a guy is so out of control that the Oakland Raiders aren't willing to put up with him, why would the Ravens want to take the chance of him being a disruptive influence on their developing young team?” he asked.
“It just doesn't make sense. If the Ravens really want to avoid a Super Bowl hangover, they don't need this headache.”
- Several of defensive lineman
Arthur Jones’ teammates accompanied him to his brother, Jon Bones Jones’, UFC championship title match. Jones easily defended his title, when the referee stopped the fight at the 4:33 mark in the first round. And I won’t copy and paste it in LFW, but here is a link to the nasty broken toe he sustained. Yuck! [Bleacher Report]
- @BryanHall95: One true Champ! Woooo …. The man broke his big toe! [Twitter]
- @untouchablejay4 : BONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Twitter]
- @TerrenceCody: Jus watched my boy Jon bone jones win in the first rd lol @JonnyBones [Twitter]
@KLM_89 [fourth-round pick Kapron Lewis-Moore]: Truly an honor and privilege to get drafted by Baltimore! thank you for all the texts and calls i appreciate it! [Twitter]
- @May_Deuce [Ravens’ last pick
Marc Anthony]: Thank you Jesus and the Ravens org for believing in me and giving me this opportunity...the wait is finally over!!!! #RavensNation [Twitter]
- @elamvselo [Ravens’ top draft pick Elam]: Great first trip to BMore, loved the facilities, love the stadium & more importantly I loved the fans..! [Twitter]
Terrell Suggs’ post when the Ravens were on the clock with their first-round pick … @untouchablejay4: IN OZZIE WE TRUST!!!!!!! [Twitter]
- Suggs’ post right after the Ravens selected Elam …. @untouchablejay4: WELCOME TO RAVENS NATION!! LETS HUNT YOUNG LION!!!!!!!! [Twitter]
- @TorreySmithWR: RT @RamSkeeno_LOB: The Ravens aint Draft A Wide Reciever..and we Juss Lost Boldin.. *Scratching my Head...we have talent just watch [Twitter]
- @TorreySmithWR: Keenan Allen...
Tandon Doss...same person [Twitter]
- @albertbreer: Saw Mayock praise Ravens. Think about this: Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta, Pat Moriarty & Vince Newsome have been there since Day 1 in '96. … If you take Ozzie, Vince Newsome, DeCosta, Moriarty, add in Joe Hortiz & George Kokinis (15 years apiece), a total of 98 years w/Ravens. [Twitter]