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Torrey Smith Visits Detroit

Posted by Tara Altman on March 18, 2011 – 12:59 pm

Maryland WR Torrey Smith visited the Detroit Lions Practice and Training Facility Friday, marking the first visit for the draft prospect.

Smith on his overall first impressions: “The first thing that I noticed was the city. I’ve never been to Detroit before, it’s a gorgeous city. The training facility is definitely top of the line, everything is great from the meeting rooms to the practice fields.

“I’ve had an opportunity to talk to everyone from the head coach, special teams coordinator, to the receivers coach and they all seem like great guys and all focus on one goal: winning. I feel like they want the best people to get it done.”

After redshirting as a freshman, Smith played for three years as both a receiver and kick returner at the University of Maryland, finishing as one of the top all-purpose players in the nation during his final two seasons.

Smith had the option to stay and play for another year, but felt that he was ready to take his game to the next level and opted to declare for the NFL Draft.

Smith: “I could have come back for another year, but I had a good season and all of my coaches supported my decision. They kind of told me to leave, so I felt it was the right thing to do.”

Smith believes that his skill set would mesh well with the Lions’ receiving corps which already has high-caliber players like Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson.

Smith: “I think that I use my speed to my advantage to help inside on the offense a little more. I think I can help out on special teams as a returner or a gunner, whatever they need me to do. I just want to come in here and help out in anyway I can. They really have some top-notch guys here.”


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29 Responses to “Torrey Smith Visits Detroit”

  1. By Robert on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Tandon Doss is a better receiver. Best hands of this class. We shouldn’t draft Torrey Smith unless Doss is gone already.

  2. By Stuart Left on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    We should pass on a reciever in the draft, unless we trade down and get more picks.We could pick up a 3rd receiver in Free Agency

  3. By Darren on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    agreed with these guys.. there are some great recievers in free agency..

  4. By S.J.D. on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    just as a side note… Julio Jones has the best hands of this draft class.. beyond the shadow of a doubt

  5. By Robert on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Julio Jones has better size and speed than Tandon Doss, but Doss has better hands and toughness. And I think good hands and toughness are more important than size and speed.

  6. By chris on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    blah blah blah! You havent realized coach doesnt like high priced players yet?!
    Hes building the TEAM from the ground up. Through the draft then free agency. Soon we will be like the Patriots organization. Could you say DYNASTY in the same sentence as Detroit Lions…………….
    watch what i tell you

  7. By danyoindalionsden on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry talking about tough… Julio ran a 4.39 in the forty with a broken foot…. Plus SEC FOOTBALL IS THE TOUGHEST…. JULIO JONES then A.J.GREEN from Georga..

  8. By danyoindalionsden on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    but then again we can wait later to get a WR. later rounds or Free agency. We need to get a CB like Peterson Or Downling. Big lock down CB’s physical too.
    Or We really need a OLB too. OL also.

  9. By gary on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    we need corner, olb , ol, wr rb maybe trade down and get extra picks or just take the best at 13 especially at corner or wide reciever or even d-line

  10. By AJARPA on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Julio Jones would be my first choice for a draft pick, and i know most will think what are we doing going after another WO in the 1st round. if not JJ than we need depth on the o-line to protect our QBs.

  11. By rockbo55 on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    I am so glad to see players want to come here!we need a third receiver and i like this guy numbers dont mean anything, heart does amazing things on the field,we need a fresh set of legs and another running back as well as cb,db,ol,lb

  12. By denver partin on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Look the lions have a great d-line!…But needs are many after that.Trade down with new england or another team to grab many needs!!!Plus pich up some nice free agents en you could b looking at the next super bowl team!!

  13. By Preston on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    I like Julio Jones the best and have liked him even before everyone hopped on his bang-wagon after the combine. He’s the best WR in this class, he reminds me of Fitzgerald. We do need another receiver who will produce more than Bryant Johnson, someone like a Percey Harvin…Wes Welker…or EVEN Mike Furrey…they’re all speedsters who can get into the lane and make tuff catches…each to their own though…because each are a little different after the catch.

  14. By Van313 on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    We’re not lookin for just any 3rd receiver, we’re lookin for a SPEED guy someone who can help take the pressure off calvin on the top. That’s why were lookin at Torrey Smith. They’re aren’t many FA WRs who are SPEED guys. A few good guys but none are speed guys like were lookin for we have possession WRs, we just lookin for more help over the top.

  15. By catscratchfever on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    The reason the Lions are entertaining Torrey Smith, is because we need a receiver with long speed, to stretch the field, so Calvin doesn’t see constant double teams from safety’s. Can Tandon Doss do that? No! He has pedestrian speed. Feel it is imperative the Lions add a receiver that can stretch the field, so CJ can be all he can be. Burleson is great in the slot, great after the catch. But we need a burner for a 3rd receiver.

  16. By sabercat on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    i tell you what lions!! me i would get your WR out of steve breaston from the cards if you can, that gives you CJ, Nate, Steve B from the UofM.. deadly combo!!!

    get your lineman out of the draft 1st.. or in prince A. slips down for some odd reason, snatch him up..

    bruce carter or address the line backers in the 2nd.. 3rd i would get that Van Dyke from miami as a speed cover CB… don’t question it, just do it.. he is worth the pick… cromartie from AZ… yeah…

    4th i’d get chimdi chekwa from osu..

    i’d go for richard marshall from the panthers… that gives US MARSHALL, HOUSTON, SMITH, VAN DYKE(speed), CHEKWA and you still have vasher..
    VERY SOLID!!!
    delmas and coleman on top with last years rook..

    get you line backers outta bruce carter or someone in the 2nd… and maybe a Free agent..

    load up on the OL and i tell you we will be in the NFC chip game or deep in the playoffs!!

    oh and i’d go for a change up back… hell i’d bring in a reggie bush if i didn’t have to pay him that much and put speed on top of speed with best and bring in a heavy hitter.. you need 3 backs in todays game anyways and plus bush can play the slot alot and you really can’t key him with CJ and breaston and nate out there let along pettigrew and the other TE… thats way too much to handle for any D… the key is CJ with out him it don’t work too good but we have him and i’d do it….

  17. By Steven on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    I totally agree with catscratchfever on needing a 3rd WR whose got great speed! Thats exactly what we were missing last year. The more you can draw coverage away from CJ the better he’ll be! CB, WR & OLB are our MAJOR needs!

  18. By jalen brightwell on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    if we get moss it can open the feld up

  19. By sabercat on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    moss would def be nice!!! i like the torrey smith kid but can we actually get him?? i really don’t think so cause of the did us in in the draft order so now we have to pick very wisely. wr in the 2nd or 3rd would be bad business 4th yea maybe well unless we grabbed baldwin or this ricardo lockette out of fort valley st. he is well worth it… i’d even take a chance at this edmond gates kid.. size speed and we can develop his skills along the way.. we can do it we just have to be very smart with our picks and yea a moss would help a lot.

  20. By VinnyD on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    catscratchfever is right, Torrey speed is asome and returning punt an kick is second to none. As a Maryland fan I would love to see a Terp in Lion blue but only if he around in late 2nd or early 3rd, he at his best stretching the sideline with dream like speed and has CJ like skill. Now first round should CB or OT second round OL or LB then Torrey Smith.

  21. By Chad on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    They aren’t taking a WR in the 1st Rd. So Julio talk is out the window! If avalible Smith would be the perfect compliment to what we have! !st pick regardless of moving up or back picks will be either OL, LB, DL, or CB.

  22. By Chad on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    ….oh and Moss!?!?! If 3 teams gave up on him and he couldn’t make an impact, its over for him! He is a primadonna now that will only work in a perfect situation. Its not here in the D! We have are Superstar in Calvin! Burleson, Pettigrew, Sheftler and Best are perfect compliments! Just need that burner we thought D. Williams was gonna be for us! Hense Smith! We also need a power back! If There right guys don’t drop I wouldn’t oppose us taking M. Ingram in 1st! That would be a ridiculious Offense! Now I prefer going Defense but there are some good free agents and I belive we can get some! I would love us to go after Asamuga from Oak to fill are CB need! He regarded as the number 2 CB in the NFL! Then get whatever holes filled we didn’t in draft!

  23. By Scott E. on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Moss? No thanks. Great receiver, no doubt…but he has always been too much of a headcase…like T.O., and CJ (Ocho).
    Detroit doesn’t need that kind of drama or distraction…especially while rebuilding.
    I would rather the Lions draft or trade for a more steady, and dependable player that is more eager to prove himself…and his love of the game…than someone more concerned about his paycheck.
    Detroit is on the right track…no need to mess it up.
    Just my opinion.

  24. By Lance Manly on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    WR – hmm… well, the 4.43 speed is nice.

    I am thinking 3rd or 4th round pick; would be nice – then cut Bryant Johnson use the money somewhere else.

    But, what about the first two picks? Right now it is looking like a DE or OL for first two picks; leaves us gaping holes in LB and CB still… and I’d like to take a heavy RB in the draft (1st 3 rounds to be any immediate help)… so WR maybe a luxury that Lions can’t afford.

  25. By ajohns70 on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think things will pan out good for the lions this year. I think one of the top 2 CBs will fall, probably Akamura at 13. This draft is so deep they could get a starting left tackle in the second round who can develop for a year. The draft is even deeper with LBs and you could get a talented pick in the 3rd. After that maybe that its all depth players. Maybe trade down for more depth. As for a reciever, you definetly could see some good #3 recievers in free agency hopefully with some experience in Linehans system. Either way with mayhew and schartz on the job, im not too worried about some retarted knee jerk decisions anymore.

  26. By Adam Estep on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Detroit does not need another receiver at all! We want Johnson double covered as it is what opens up the critical short game. It gives life to Best, Burleson and Morris.

    What Detroit needs is a good CB and secondary player, a MLB, and a bit more depth on special teams.

    Everyone seems to be saying open the field up?? Detroit opened up the field in almost every game last season. Getting down field and putting points on the board was not an issue for the Lions.

    Detroits nemisis was lack of depth in their CB’s/Secondary and penalties….Detroit litterally beat themselves game after game and to this very day the only game they really lost last season was against New England in the second half…all the rest was suicide!

  27. By Van313 on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Adam it isnt about what we say the Lions have said it themselves they need a spped guy who can stretch the field we haven’t had many of those last season were we could pick up 20, 30, 40 yards and if we have its been from calvin or a TE or maybe even NB13 with his rac ability.If we dont get a another deep threat then it makes it easier for teams to focus in on MEGATRON. No one said we was spending a 1st round draft pick. The CB postion is deep this year we can pick some one up in the second or 3rd round if prince is gone.

  28. By Woody Douglas on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Stafford, needs to spend moor time in the weight room building up his torso.

  29. By Scoutmaster10 on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    We all seen what a difference our defensive line made in every game last season. How do you beat the best teams? Get to their quarterback. If the Lions could somehow get Von Miller, we would get our missing OLB, and they could use him as an edge rusher. That would force teams to run, and funnel the ball to our big ass tackles. Tom Brady can’t beat you if he’s laying on his back. Look what we did to AAron Rodgers last season. Von Miller is the best fit for our team.

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