2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Shi Smith

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South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith did not enjoy consistent quarterback play in college, but proved to be a steady contributor across four seasons. The best part of Smith’s game is his ability to accelerate and the variance with his release package. Those qualities help him uncover quickly and establish leverage early in routes. He has mostly reliable hands and is scrappy despite his size. When it comes to areas he can improve, becoming a more deceptive route-runner, developing more consistency with his ball skills, and adding functional strength to help him deal with contact better are the most notable. Smith has a chance to develop into a quality slot receiver in the NFL but he has some areas to grow in before he will be afforded that opportunity. 

Ideal Role: Developmental slot receiver.

Scheme Fit: West Coast.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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