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Topic: Russ: No Steve Smith?
Chet_7984
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Post Date: 04/23/07 16:07
I saw there was no mention of Steve Smith in your draft analysis of WR's. Could you give me your analysis on him and where you see him going in the draft? Thanks. Also, who's this "partner" of yours in the draft podcast? Is that guy going to be a regular on the radio show?
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Post Date: 04/25/07 07:24
Hey Chet - I am going to be Russ's side kick on the show this upcoming season! Steve Smith is a solid player coming out this year and I am sure Russ will "chime in" on your note here pretty soon. He's like Santa Claus right now, getting ready for X-MAS! Good luck this season
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Post Date: 04/25/07 10:24
Smith is a guy I deem to be a complimentary WR with limited potential to be a star in his own right. Especially for fantasy purposes. He is likely to go a little higher (mid second, early 3rd) in the draft than I have him graded out for (mid 3rd, early 4th) because he is fundamentally sound in his skills and technique and more ready to step up to the NFL level and play because of his time at USC under Pete Carroll. But he lacks ideal height (5'11" 3/4) size (197 lbs) and speed (4.44 in the 40). These were his combine numbers, but the weight and speed numbers are a little better than they were in college. He gained a few pounds and worked hard to achieve those numbers as both were surprising. I think Smith can come in and contribute as a #3 WR in the NFL right away, and maybe develop into a decent #2, but he lacks the elite skills and measurables to be deemed likely to ever be a #1. For what it's worth, he would have been the next WR I mentioned in the 2007 WR rookie article.

And I could be wrong about him. It's happened plenty of times. But when I look at the NFL draft, I look not just at what a player did in college, but how I think he'll measure up when stepping into the pro's. I just don't see Steve Smith becoming a great WR at the pro level.
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Post Date: 04/25/07 10:24
As for my partner, that's Jeff, and he's the president of our company. He was with me for almost every fantasy football podcast last year and will be again this year. Not only does Jeff have a keen mind and good opinions of his own, but having him with me allows me to take a breath. Unlike the radio shows where I have commercial breaks, guests, and callers to break up the continual sound of my voice, in the podcasts, Jeff being there means I have time to gather my thoughts back to where they should be when I have an alzheimer's moment and forget about what or who I was talking about. It also allows me to sip a soda without it going out on the podcast or there being a long pause while I belch afterward. Jeff also helps accomplish something I think is important in providing fantasy football help: more information and opinion. It's a good thing to get as much of both as you can as Jeff will sometimes look at a player or situation differently than me and make me re-examine my position. Or bring up something I hadn't thought of, or didn't look closely enough at. The more information and opinions you can get, the better. Just remember: mine's the best though ;-)
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Post Date: 04/26/07 16:26
LOL Russ.
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