By: Hussam Patel
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is a huge sleeper in this draft. There is so much talent this year at Wide receiver that he may slip to a Day 3 pick. Iowa ran a run-heavy attack, but did manufacture touches for him, realizing his talent potential. Smith-Marsette is smoother than Jiffy peanut butter, a legitimate vertical threat because of his impressive speed and return skills.
With a track background, he can burn defenders on the second level, and change directions quickly in the deep field. He’s a little-known run after catch player who can do some damage in the short passing game as well. With his quick feet, defenders have a hard time following his routes on outs and comebacks.
Iowa manufactured touches for him, mainly on screens, reverses, jet sweeps and easy touch passes gaining significant yardage. While not a complete product yet, the coaching staff that drafts him will likely use him as a return man and teach him how to properly run a full route tree. He reminds me of a taller Mecole Hardman- the exact same way the Chiefs use him.
The Hawkeye Prodigy has a similar build to Heisman winner Devonta Smith; however, the difference is that Smith-Marsette gets bullied off the line of scrimmage even with his speedy release, especially in press man. He will need to build more muscle mass and gain strength; he should be able to do this in the offseason. He will also need to get better at using his hands to separate from defenders.
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