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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