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Steve Smith Turning Heads

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With all the talk a couple of weeks ago about the disappointing showing of Dwayne Jarrett at SC's pro day there was little talk, outside of this article from Mark Saxon at the OC Register, on just how well WR Steve Smith has done in making some NFL scouts take notice of the effort Smith has made.

From Pete Prisco at CBS SportsLine.com:

They questioned his speed, wondering if he was a burner who could make the big play.

He had the same name of an NFL receiver who could take it the distance in the blink of an eye, but the scouts wondered if he had that same type of speed. So the USC receiver named Steve Smith, who was often overshadowed during his career with the Trojans by players like Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett, did something about it.

He showed them all.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, Smith was timed at 4.44 in the 40, one of the fastest times of all the receivers who ran.

Where did that speed come from? Wasn't he supposed to be a possession receiver?

I don't think there was ever any doubt that Smith would impress the scouts but because DJ was getting a good amount of the attention its not hard to see how he could have "slipped through the cracks" in the eyes of some.

He will make some team very happy with his ability to hang on to the ball and gain necessary yardage. We'll find out in a couple of weeks!