Torrey Smith 'anxious' to show off his skills at the NFL combine

February 24, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Torrey Smith has been gearing up for the NFL's pre-draft festivities since the Terps' season ended in December. The Maryland wide receiver talked about what he needs to do to impress scouts at this week's scouting combine during a Wednesday appearance on ESPN Radio's "The Scott Van Pelt Show."

In recent years, Maryland has sent a bunch of workout warriors to the combine, including Vernon Davis, Shawne Merriman and Darrius Heyward-Bey, players whom Van Pelt said had “blown things up” at the combine. He asked Smith if he is feeling pressure to wow personnel people, too.

“I like that a little bit because I know that’s something that everyone expects," Smith told Van Pelt in a pretty good interview. "Even being down here where I train [in Florida], everyone [asks] ‘Do you guys take steroids up there?’ I’m expecting another solid showing and hopefully I’ll end up being mentioned with those guys.”

Smith's speed and athleticism has him on the first-round bubble according to many draft experts. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. recently projected Smith to go 28th to the Patriots. Tony Pauline ranked him as the draft's 36th-best prospect. Scouts Inc. listed him as its 33rd-ranked prospect and the draft's fourth-best wide receiver.

I had Smith going to the Ravens at pick No. 26 in my first mock draft, but what do I know?

Van Pelt asked Smith how he plans to stand out in a stacked receiver class at the combine.

“I feel like no one is questioning my athletic ability so I feel like it’s really just on how polished I am as a receiver, which will in turn decide where I get drafted,” Smith said. “I’m just anxious to show everyone my route-running ability and catching the ball clean and things like that.”

The story of Smith's adolescence is an inspiring one, and Van Pelt asked the All-ACC first-team receiver what it will be like for him and his family when his number is called in April's draft.

“I don’t know. That’s something that I kind of daydream about," Smith said. "It’s something I know is going to be crazy. I’m going to try not to get emotional. I try to be the rock of my family as far as being a tough guy, but that’s something I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold back on."
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