Torrey Smith, WR, 49ers
|WR - #26||55.00||SF||Active||5 years||26||6'0||205||@TorreySmithWR|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-02-2014 by Rob Warner
A second round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft (No. 58 overall) posted a career-best season in 2013, finishing with 65 catches for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns. That collective performance ranked him as the 21st-best fantasy WR in his first season as Baltimore's No. 1 WR. His 1,100-plus yards was the first time a Raven hit that mark since Qadry Ismail in 1999. Improving a pedestrian catch rate (just 46-percent over the past two seasons) could take his fantasy value to the next level. He has averaged an impressive 17 yards per catch over his first three seasons and new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has a solid track record of getting elite production from his No. 1 wide receiver (Andre Johnson in Houston). The younger member of the Ravens' Smith duo is entering a contract year and his ADP (WR27, 60.03) make him a solid WR3 who is drafted in late Round 5 or early Round 6. Many of the No. 1 receivers in this range of the draft are on bad teams; however, Flacco is probably the best (or at least generally reliable) QB throwing to these WRs out of the bunch (NYJ Eric Decker - Geno Smith, TEN Kendall Wright - Jake Locker, and MIA Mike Wallace - Ryan Tannehill).
Editor's note: In order for Smith to really take the next step in his development, he must be able to contribute more as a possession receiver and not almost solely as a deep threat. While his speed and ability to stretch the field serve a great purpose, the Ravens lacked the No. 2 or 3 receivers to maximize this strategy last season. Steve Smith will be tasked to work the short and intermediate routes and find the open areas in coverage. (Torrey) Smith does provide some upside too because if he can improve on his aforementioned catch rate, his numbers could enjoy a serious uptick.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke has said his team will not be pressured into drafting a wide receiver early in the draft. He also alluded to the possible emergence of former preseason star Quinton Patton.
"Quinton, in my estimation, is a young player that hasn't gotten an opportunity," Baalke said recently. "Now's his opportunity. Let's see what he can do."
Patton has been a sleeper for two years now. Perhaps this will be the year fantasy owners have been waiting for. He has Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin ahead of him, however, a looming suspension for Jerome Simpson could be the opening Patton needs to propel himself into fantasy relevancy. Look for him to once again be a deep sleeper this season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/27 - 49ers GM Trent Baalke on WR Quinton Patton: 'Now’s his opportunity'
4/4 - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes his team 'absolutely' needs a TE
2014 Mock Draft Results
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July 14, 2014
|6.05||#28 World Ranked - Torrey Smith finished as WR30, WR28 and WR23 in his first 3 seasons. I think he's a safe WR3. I drafted him as my WR4 as the 30th WR off the board.|
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