Sources say that Smith-Schuster could be a nice value pick in the second round, and WalterFootball.com knows some teams that are targeting Smith-Schuster then.
Smith-Schuster hauled in 90 receptions for 914 yards and 10 scores in 2016. A possession receiver for the NFL, who is a big target in the middle of the field, he is also a good weapon after the catch. As a prospect, Smith-Schuster looks extremely similar to Laquon Treadwell. Both are receivers with size, strength and dynamism after the catch; however, both also lack the speed to separate from NFL cornerbacks. Smith-Schuster should be a Z (flanker) receiver in the NFL to be a possession target who does the dirty work of the slants, digs and blocking. Because of the lack of speed, Smith-Schuster looks more like a second-day pick. Sources told WalterFootball.com that Smith-Schuster is going to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, and shortly later, he announced that move.
In the 2016 season opener, Smith-Schuster made just one reception for nine yards against Alabama as he was completely shut down by Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick, two future NFL cornerbacks. One of the questions about Smith-Schuster entering the 2016 season was if he had the speed to separate from NFL-caliber cornerbacks. Against those corners, Smith-Schuster couldn't get open, although he played better late in the season.
In 2015, Smith-Schuster was excellent with 85 receptions for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a serious combination of size and physicality. After the catch Smith-Schuster is dangerous, he runs through tackles, has a vicious stiff arm, and a burst in the open field to rip off yards in chunks.
What this draft analyst wants to see from Smith-Schuster is explosion to be a vertical receiver and consistently get separation. The junior looks quick, but in order to be a high first-rounder, he has to be fast to be a deep threat at the NFL level. That is absolutely necessary for him to be a high first-rounder. If Smith-Schuster is quicker than he is fast, he could be more in the Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson mold.
In 2014, Smith-Schuster had an impressive freshman season as he totaled 54 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns.
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