In his four years at Iowa, Smith-Marsette was utilized mainly as a deep threat and gadget player for an Iowa offense that’s traditionally one of the most pro-style attacks in the country. While not a volume-driven player, Smith-Marsette benefits from his explosive cuts and basketball-like moves in the open field.
His best season at Iowa came in 2019 when he hauled in 44 passes for 722 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 16.4 yards per catch. On the ground, he averaged over 10 yards per touch and scored three more touchdowns. As a kick returner, Smith-Marsette averaged 29.6 per return and scored two more times.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is really fun to watch. Excellent vertical threat with easy speed. pic.twitter.com/ICIYPb8iEI— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) March 7, 2021
Many have been arguing that Smith-Marsette’s ceiling was capped by the somewhat-dated Iowa offense and a chance in an NFL offense may be just what he needs to have his talents properly utilized. If he doesn’t develop into an all-around pass-catcher at the next level, you’re still getting a shifty runner who will give an offense a bit more versatility while also adding some value on special teams.
Now for today’s links.
Pre-free agency overview of the Rams’ safeties (TheRams.com)
Potential free agent fits and roster needs (TheRams.com)
Ranking the Rams’ 10 biggest needs heading into free agency (The Rams Wire)
Three players the Rams should consider at left tackle (Ramblin’ Fan)
The Ravens signed former Giants guard Kevin Zeitler (ESPN)
Drew Brees officially retired over the weekend (ESPN)
The Packers re-signed RB Aaron Jones to a four-year deal (Bleacher Report)
NFL, NFLPA have discussed mandatory vaccinations, but it’s unlikely that it becomes anything tangible (Pro Football Talk)
Chris Trapasso’s seven-round mock draft (CBS Sports)
Perfect free agent fits for 13 NFL teams (CBS Sports)