Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Who is the 6-foot-3 195 pound Vyncint Smith?
Smith, a native of South Carolina, had aspirations of playing for his hometown South Carolina Gamecocks. He played at Westwood High School, however, South Carolina never offered him a scholarship. Instead, he pursued his football dream and settled by traveling about 100 miles away from his hometown to Limestone College. Limestone head coach was former NFL and St. Louis Rams receiver, Mike Furrey. After two seasons at Limestone, Furrey was hired by the Chicago Bears to become their wide receivers coach. Furrey, who lobbied for Smith and needed teams to see him perform so bad, that the University of South Carolina agreed to invite him to their Pro Day. Smith’s performance was so impressive, the numbers that he posted were far better than players that were invited to the 2018 NFL Combine. His vertical jump was 39.5″, second behind D.J. Chark (LSU), his broad jump was 10′ 10″ second behind D.J. Moore (University of Maryland), and he ran 4.36 seconds in the 40, second behind D.J. Chark, and would have been the seventh fastest time out of all the participants. Many scouts, as well as current South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, were wondering how come he was never offered a scholarship to play for South Carolina. Smith had 153 receptions for 2,371 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 2017 season, he had 49 receptions for 849 yards, career high in receptions, and was named All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team.
Vyncint Smith Highlights
Smith is a hard worker that posses great work ethics. Has the ability to take the top off a defense. Very fast, even in pads, while blowing pass his defender, especially expecting the fly route. Adjusts to the ball well, even when the ball is off target or under thrown. Has the ability to adjust to the flight path and beat out the defender for those “one-on-one” balls, finding and coming down with the football. Has the ability to split defenders with big play potential from the slant route. Ability to make a defender miss after the catch, and works for position to block on run plays.
Smith’s level of competition surrounds the question of his play. Can he adjust to higher level of talent. Playing at a Division II school, he dominated, but will work in the NFL with better cover defensive backs. Tends to anticipates on combat routes, and is choppy coming out of his breaks in his routes.
Need to polish up his routes running, to compete on the higher level. Need to use his hands more, oppose to catching ball up against his body. Need to find better ways to track the deep ball.
Is he is a fit for the Rams?
A potential project, however with his height and speed, the Los Angeles Rams can use him as a vertical threat. New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick was highly impressed with Smith at his pro day, and even spoke with him at the workout. Needing a receiver with speed with the ability to take the top off the defense is something Sean McVay needs and is looking for the offense.
6th - UDFA
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