Draft Profile: BioArian Smith from Lakeland High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Smith opted to join Georgia.
In 2020 as a freshman Smith saw action in 4 games for the Bulldogs as he made 2 receptions for just 86 yards for an average of 43.0 yards per reception, with one TD, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 149.3.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played 4 games and had just 3 catches for 102 yards for an average of 34.0 yards per catch, with 2 TDs, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 135.4.
As a junior in 2022 he played 9 games and hauled in just 3 catches for just 66 yards for an average of 22.0 yards per catch, with no TDs, and QB rating when targeted of 89.6.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Smith runs precise routes, showing an innate feel for setting up defensive backs to create separation.
- He is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands.
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #39. He wrote "The fastest guy on a team full of Freaks, the 6-0, 185-pound redshirt sophomore consistently hit 23 mph on the GPS and was an All-American sprinter for the track team. Smith ran leadoff on the Bulldogs’ school record-setting 4×100-meter relay team that went 39.02 at the SEC championships before it ran 38.54 at the NCAA outdoor meet, where it finished second. Smith’s blazing speed has produced a spectacular 37.6 yards per catch."
- Has elite speed and cutting ability and good hands and toughness. Lacks the ideal size, but has a similar body type to Antonio Brown.
- He has quick feet and good body control, allowing him to gear down and quickly get in and out of cuts. His hands are good, and he’s a creative runner after the catch with the elusiveness to slip tackles in space.
- He’s at his best working in space, showing the quickness and vision of a return specialist. His stop-start ability allows him to create initial separation.
- Shows good sense as a route runner and provides an enormous catch radius over the middle of the field. Smith has soft hands and uses his frame effectively to shield defenders, making him a major threat in the red zone.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- His ability to track the ball is good enough, but Smith too often let the ball get into his body downfield rather than snatching it with his hands.
- Lacks much bulk on his body and will be outmuscled at the next level against physical defenders.
- He’s not going to threaten to take the top off of a defense.
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