Shades Of Torrey Smith In Two Receiver Prospects


Ohio State's Devin Smith likes to compare himself to Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Auburn's Sammie Coates puts himself in the Julio Jones category.

But what about Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith?

With Smith set to become a free agent this offseason, Devin Smith and Coates are a couple college prospects with similar skills.

The two wide receivers are projected to be selected somewhere in the first two rounds, and both said they have had good meetings with the Ravens.

Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz's take on both players could have been a report on Smith when he was coming out of college, too.

On Coates, Hortiz said: "Definitely a speed merchant. He's definitely a challenge vertically for defenders to cover.

"He's got an ability to stack defensive backs, get on top and track the ball pretty well. He probably needs some polishing in the overall route tree. That offense doesn't put him through the whole gamut of routes, but he's got the ability in terms of his athleticism and quickness to develop in those areas where he's deficient right now."

On Devin Smith, Hortiz said: "Another fast guy, maybe a little more linear built than Sammie but also maybe a little more explosive vertically.

"He has very good speed, can get on top of defenders, stack them off the line of scrimmage and pull away down the field. He's a good athlete. He can cut off his route and catch the ball pretty well. Like most wideouts, he needs some polish with his routes, but certainly the speed was evident out here when he was taking guys vertical."

Coates and Smith generated a lot of buzz during Senior Bowl week, as they are both good-sized, big-time playmakers.

Coates is 6-foot-2, 213 pounds. He's got more muscle than Smith, and doesn't have quite the top-end speed, but he's just as explosive off the ball. In his junior year (Coates graduated early), he caught 34 passes for 741 yards (21.8 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

"It's my explosiveness, my speed. I'm really good when the ball is in the air. I can go get it," Coates said.

"I want to prove that I'm a great wide receiver, not just a deep-threat guy. I want to show that I can run routes and get off press – all the things that come with being a total wide receiver."

Smith is a little more linearly built than Coates and a bit shorter at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He plays bigger than his size, however, showing a great ability to out leap defenders and make tough catches. Smith hauled in 33 passes for 931 yards (28.2 per catch) and 12 touchdowns.

"Whenever we [add] needed a big play, I was always there. I take a lot of pride in that," Smith said. "But I want to show everybody that I can run intermediate routes and I'm not just a guy that can go deep."

Smith has an additional feather in his cap, coming off a national championship. In the two college football playoff games, Smith made three big plays with catches of 40, 45 and 47 yards, including one touchdown.

"I don't brag," he said with a laugh. "But some of the guys are like, 'Man, look at Mr. National Championship walking by.'"

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