Patriots Scouting Report: Jonathan Smith

The Patriots released Bam Childress for a relatively unknown kick returner and reserve wide receiver from Buffalo. Why would they do that unless they know something most fans don't. Smith's scouting report and projected role on the Patriots inside.

Name: Jonathan Smith School: Georgia Tech Year: 4Sr
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 194 40: 4.81 Pos: WR

Buffalo Bills' Jonathan Smith (19) dives into the end zone eluding a tackle by New York Jets' Oliver Celestin (45) for a touchdown during the first quarter of the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005. The Bills won, 27-17. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

Bio: Three year starter used at a variety of positions since his sophomore campaign. Registered career receiving numbers of 78/1,138/5 as a senior, also leading the conference averaging 11.7 yards on 31 punt returns with two additional scores. Junior receiving totals were 36/430/3 when he also spent time at quarterback. Broke onto the scene in 2001 catching 53/590/4.

POs: Quick, elusive ball handler with the ability to impact the game from several positions. Beats opponents off the line, sells his routes and comes back to the ball, working to make himself an available target. Extends to pluck the high pass out of the air or lays out and makes the difficult grab in traffic. Adjusts to the errant throw and effective running after the catch.

Neg: Does not stretch the defense and more quick than fast. Has a style more reminiscent of an underneath possession receiver but not a big, strong wide out.

Analysis: Meeting a lot of expectations as a senior, Smith stepped to the forefront last season after unselfishly filling several roles as a junior. Plays faster and bigger than his athletic numbers would dictate and has the tools to succeed at the next level.

Role As a Patriot: Smith will join the competition as a kick returner, sharing duties with Willie Andrews, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk among others. A highly touted athletic prospect out of Georgia Tech, Smith's experience as triple role player adds a dimension of unpredictability when he has the ball in his hands. A former QB, Smith may provide an Antwaan Randel-El type of threat on trick plays.

Scuting report courtesy of TFY Draft Preview.


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