If you are an NFL scout or front office executive and happen to be reading this post, I implore you to draft DeAndre Smelter. Smelter is an outstanding athlete who was drafted as a pitcher out of high school by the Minnesota Twins. A shoulder injury derailed his baseball career. An outstanding work ethic, a willingness to fight for extra yardage, and good hands make Smelter an intriguing addition to any team.
Smelter doesn't have eye-popping numbers. Then again, no Georgia Tech wide receiver does. That being said, he does have a tendency for making outstanding plays. Smelter is a playmaker, and playmakers make every offense better. Want to see Smelter break a tackle en route to a 71 yard touchdown? Right here. Want to see DeAndre Smelter make an impressive one-handed catch in practice? Right here. Do you wonder if Smelter is able to make big plays in non-traditional situations? Take a look at this beautiful rushing attempt. Smelter wasn't a bad pitcher either, with fastballs in the 90s and a decent slider and changeup to go with it. Here's some film. Still not convinced the kid is an elite athlete? Here's him working with former MLB pitcher Kevin Brown. This kid has matured into a high-caliber football player after switching from baseball to football. Can you imagine him catching passes from fellow baseball star Russell Wilson? I can.
NFLdraftscout has Smelter ranked #72 out of 373 possible WRs for 2015, and #610 overall as a player. That's an utterly foolish ranking. This guy is similar in size to Calvin Johnson, might be just as athletic, and came from a program that recently produced Demaryius Thomas. Smelter will be drafted, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him slip into an early round. The NFL is sleeping on Smelter so far, but you shouldn't. DeAndre Smelter might be one of the best WRs in next year's draft. At worst he's a Mohamed Sanu-caliber playmaker that can add an explosive element to any NFL team. At best, he's much, much more. Draft DeAndre Smelter. You won't regret it.
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