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Friday, February 25, 2011
No mock thoughts from WR Smith

By Mike Reiss

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maryland receiver Torrey Smith is a prospect who has been tied to the Patriots by draft analysts. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., for one, has the Patriots selecting Smith 28th overall in his latest mock draft.

The thought process is that the Patriots could benefit from a speedy receiver on the outer edges of the field, and they don't get much faster than Smith in this year's draft.

"I expect to run well. I'm not like Chris Johnson or anything, but I can run," Smith said, when asked about the 40-yard dash at the Combine. "I feel like, even more importantly than running a 40, I can run in pads. I think that's my biggest strength."

In a visit to the media center at the NFL Combine, Smith touted himself as a pass-catcher who can adapt quickly, noting that he's played in a pro-style and West Coast offense. He was primarily the "Z" receiver in college, but added that he knew the responsibilities of every position on offense. He said the Packers and Lions are two teams he's spoken with at the Combine that have similar offensive terminology as Maryland.

"I really don't think it's going to be that hard of an adjustment," he said of transitioning from college to the NFL. "The way we do it at Maryland, you're prepared as a pro."

As for his thoughts on Kiper's mock pick of the Patriots selecting him, Smith said he doesn't follow such projections.

"I see stuff that people tweet me sometimes, but that's the only things I really see," he said. "To me, it doesn't matter where I get picked. I'm just looking for the opportunity."