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WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 204Born: 1-26-1989College: MarylandDrafted: Round 2

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Yes, Smith flopped tremendously on the stat sheet as a five-year, $40 million signing, and the state of the 49ers offense doesn't make him look attractive for 2016. But if we look closer, we see that he was actually a supremely efficient receiver last year. In fact, he would've almost certainly flourished had he not been mired in a run-heavy offense that lacked a starting-caliber QB. Smith finished second in the NFL in yards per target (an outstanding 10.7), and he didn't do it on a barrage of fluky deep balls. He excelled, albeit on just 3.9 targets a game, in the intermediate game, showcasing yards-after-catch ability for short-throwing QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Luckily for Smith, he looks poised for a massive uptick in volume. Security blanket Anquan Boldin is gone and unlikely to return, freeing 24% of the team's 2015 market share. And the team made little effort to add receiving talent in the offseason; Smith's only competition for targets are a barren WR depth chart stocked with low draft picks and a wide-open corps of tight ends with questionable NFL futures. When you throw into the mix Chip Kelly's high-octane offenses - which tend to feature the No. 1 wideout heavily - it's hard to expect fewer than 100 targets for Smith. He won't be much of a touchdown factor, but a 16-game baseline prediction of 55-60 catches and 900-1,000 yards would bring real WR3 utility from relatively late in the draft. (May 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 41, 32, 33, 35, 35, 36, 38, 39, 42, 42, 42, 45, 46, 46, 50, 54, 58
WR Redraft PPR - 41, 32, 35, 35, 38, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 42, 42, 42, 45, 46, 47, 54, 56
WR Dynasty - 59, 41, 55, 58, 86

Stats and Projections

2013 BAL 16 0 0 0 137 65 1128 4
2014 BAL 16 0 0 0 92 49 767 11
2015 SF 16 0 0 0 62 33 663 4
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 2 * * 53 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 53 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 46 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 1 * * 43 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 118
WR: 48
Overall-PPR: 119
WR-PPR: 49

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Latest News

49ers | WR corps inexperienced in San Fran (Thu Jul 21, 02:25 AM) - San Francisco 49ers Torrey Smith is one of just three receivers with more than 40 career receptions heading into the 2016 season. WRs Jerome Simpson (150) and Quinton Patton (56) are the others. Simpson and Patton will be in the mix to serve as the No. 2 receiver opposite Smith.

Our View: Things look foggy for the offense in San Francisco. Unless something shakes it up, there are certainly cracks in the passing offense, experience (or lack thereof) being one of them. Add in that Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick are San Andreas size flawed prospects at quarterback and this is a passing offense which seems like a disaster in the making. Smith is the only receiver we even kind of like and he's a WR4/WR5.
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49ers | DeAndre Smelter better after sitting out (Sat Jul 16, 12:21 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter said he benefitted from sitting out and rehabbing his knee last year because he was able to observe and learn from WR Torrey Smith and WR Anquan Boldin.

Our View: A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech last year, Smelter has the toughness to make difficult catches over the middle of the field. He can create separation with football savvy, and Smelter is a force to be dealt with after the catch. We'll see if he can regain his speed and quickness after returning from his knee injury. Smelter also needs to become more familiar with the full route tree after running a limited route tree for the Yellow Jackets.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Rams
2@ Carolina Panthers
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs New England Patriots
12@ Miami Dolphins
13@ Chicago Bears
14vs New York Jets
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16@ Los Angeles Rams
17vs Seattle Seahawks