Steve Smith   WR   USC

 

STRENGTHS 

Steve has good size and decent speed for his position.  He shows quickness and adept hands.  He is a smart WR, runs solid routes and has been a lifesaver at times for his QB when others who are more talented on his team have not shown up.  Steve will go over the middle and make the tough catch.  He is the type of WR that teams need in order to be successful in the NFL.  He looks to be a good teammate and shows some leadership qualities through his play on the field.  Steve has the ability to be a good #2 WR for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

You would like him to be faster and quicker, but I’m not sure that is going to happen because I think his body is at its physical limit to improve – at least right now.  What you see is what you get with Steve and that is not a bad player at all.  Steve’s improvement will come from the QB throwing to him and repetitions/experience at the next level.  That is limitless!

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 3

Steve’s athletic talent is what it is -- he is a good solid player.  He reminds me a lot of Reggie Wayne (WR Colts).  Like Reggie, Steve’s improvement will be directly tied to the offensive system and QB that throws to him.  Steve does not have that “lights out” playmaking talent that you see in a franchise WR.  That means he is a system WR who will play well for certain teams and do a good job on special teams until a team finds a faster and quicker player.  Normally, I would rate a player like Steve on the second day of the draft; however, Steve has been playing in a pro offense for a team that has been in many big games which pushes him into the first day for me.  His LTI will be quicker than a WR with the same talents who has not been playing in as big a program.  Steve Smith is a safe pick, a solid pick and a player that you will be glad you have on your team when you get into the big games.  He has been there before and that has to count for something.

Drew Boylhart

January/2007