A 3* recruit out of Clearwater Central High School in Florida, Jeff Smith originally enrolled at Boston College as a quarterback, choosing the Eagles over Akron, Holy Cross, Army, and Charleston Southern, but transitioned to his current position of wide receiver for the 2016 seasoSn. m
In his senior season, Smith caught 20 balls for 387 yards and six touchdowns. It’s his speed that will play at the next level, as he wowed NFL scouts with his 40 time. As we’ve seen with guys like John Ross in the past few years, that can lead to higher than previously thought draft stock.
Weight: 195 lbs
40 Yd: 4.34
Bench: 15 Reps of 225 lbs
Smith has a real opportunity to earn playing time in the NFL. His speed will play. If he can consistently catch the ball, there’s no doubt that NFL teams will cover his big-play ability. It’s easy to envision him being a better pro than college player if teams can utilize him out of the slots and he can get more consistent quarterback play. Plus, similar to the way the Patriots occasionally use Julian Edelman, Smith can be used as a passer in trick play situations.
Smith definitely moved himself up team boards following his successful pro day, but it’s hard to tell exactly where he will be drafted. A team could fall in love with him in the fifth or sixth round, but my bet would be a team in the seventh round swoops him up as a huge value pick.