In our second UCF NFL Draft preview, we take a look at Tre'Quan Smith, who like Mike Hughes, decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the draft early.
This is a completely understandable decision, as he cemented himself in the UCF record books with his performance last year. Among the many great receivers UCF has produced, he has the potential to be one of the greatest when all is said and done.
Highly touted out of Village Academy High School in Palm Beach County, Smith redshirted his freshman year in 2014, as UCF won a share of the AAC regular season title in back of an impressive lot of receivers, including Breshad Perriman, Rannell Hall, Josh Reese and J.J. Worten.
The year learning from that crew did Tre'Quan well, as he was arguably the lone bright spot for an otherwise dreadful 2015 team that went 0-12. He was named AAC Rookie of the Year - again, on a winless team - with 52 catches for 724 yards and 4 TDs in a season where no one else had more than 21 catches or 300 receiving yards.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Smith flourished in Scott Frost's offense, even despite McKenzie Milton's growing pains. His numbers improved only moderately from 2015, but that was also likely due to the influx of additional talent on the offensive side of the ball.
2017 was Smith's breakout, as he spent much of his time wide open in opponents' secondaries. he was Milton's favorite target, leading the team in catches, yards and TDs, and was named to the All-AAC First Team.
Smith really opened eyes during the Peach Bowl, when, similar to Brandon Marshall in the Hawai'i Bowl, he caught nearly everything thrown in his direction in the final quarter:
Smith elected to leave UCF with a year remaining in his eligibility.
- Height: 6' 1"
- Weight: 200 pounds
- 40 Time: 4.49
- Bench Press (225 pounds): 12
- Vertical Jump: 37.5
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- 2017 First Team All-AAC
- 2015 AAC Rookie of the Year
- UCF freshman record-holder for yards and catches
Scouting Combine Workout
Whoever picks Smith has a genuine sleeper on their hands. While not as highly touted as some of the other receivers in the draft, Smith's ability to get open downfield, smooth route running, soft hands, body control and blocking prowess make him a valuable talent to add to a receiving corps. He's not a bonafide #1 option - yet - but may indeed find a solid home as a slot receiver, and in the right offense, could develop into a top target.
Day 2. He might fall to Day 3 if the other wideouts ahead of him fall precipitously, but I doubt that.
- Mark Lindquist (Rotoworld): Round 4, Pick #117 Overall
Teams to Watch
Redskins, Bills, Giants, Colts, Cowboys, Falcons, Cardinals
Next up: Shaquem Griffin
Previously: Mike Hughes