Torrey Smith worked out in Miami for more than two months after turning pro after Maryland’s Military Bowl victory, and he sizzled at the NFL combine last month in Indianapolis.
Back in College Park for the Terrapins’ pro day on Wednesday, Smith said he was fully prepared for nearly everything in the draft process.
“There really wasn’t any surprises,” Smith said. “I have a lot of friends who have been through the process. I have people I can talk to, like coach [Lee] Hull and Kevin Glover. I’ll call them at any time of the night and ask them a random question. Obviously where I was training, I met a lot of guys in the NFL who helped with the process as well.”
Hull is Maryland’s receivers coach and Glover, a former NFL offensive lineman, is part of the program’s support staff. Smith signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus shortly after declaring his intention to give up his final year of eligibility in late December.
He said one part of the experience of the last three months stood out —- the overall scrutiny of the combine.
“You get medicals, you get pulled, poked everywhere,” Smith said. “They find out things about you that you didn’t even know were wrong.”
After 18 interviews at the combine, Smith has some workouts lined up in the coming weeks. (The team’s identities? “Top-secret information,” Smith joked.)
Smith brushed off repeated questions of where he’d like to play, declaring whatever franchise selects him will be his favorite team.
And as for the long-term? Smith, who graduated in December, playfully offered reporters a career possibility that is certainly less lucrative than his current path.
“After football?” Smith said. “I don’t know, maybe I’ll try to do what you guys are doing.”
—- Patrick Stevens