The book on: WR Rodney Smith

One of the Vikings' top undrafted signings, Rodney Smith has the measurables desired in NFL receivers. At Florida State, he was solid and unselfish but didn't produce gaudy receiving numbers.

Rodney Smith
Wide Receiver
Florida State University Seminoles
#84
6:04.3-225
Miami, Florida
Archbishop Carroll High School

OVERVIEW

One of the more physically imposing receivers to ever don a Seminoles' uniform, Smith offers a quarterback and extremely inviting target to go up and over defensive backs and get to the ball at its highest point. With his size and long reach, most cornerbacks assigned to cover the FSU flanker knew they were in for a long day, as they not only had to deal with the height and strength mismatches, but were also challenged by Smith's verified 4.43 speed.

Smith cuts an imposing figure, dwarfing most cornerbacks, along with doing a solid job of combating defensive ends when asked to block at the line of scrimmage or stalking second-level defenders down field. What scouts have seen in the FSU product is a player who has excellent quickness, strength and hands. While relegated to mostly special team duties as a freshman and first half of his sophomore campaign, once he secured a spot with the first unit, he went on to catch 95 passes in his final 34 appearances.

The Seminoles knew they were getting a special package when they lured the four-star recruit out of Miami's Archbishop Carroll High School to their campus in 2009. In his final prep season, he played in a very heavy run-oriented offense but still managed to record 10 touchdown receptions, in addition to providing the defense with four interceptions as a defensive back. The All-Dade County recruit had more than 30 scholarship offers before electing to become a Seminole.

Smith played in only seven games as a true freshman, primarily seeing action on special teams. The next year, he had eight catches in the team's first six games. Inserted into the starting lineup at the "Z" receiver position, he ended up finishing fourth on the team with 31 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.

Smith started 12 of 13 games as a junior, as he was the only Seminole to catch at least one pass in every game in 2011. He ranked second on the squad with 36 receptions for 561 yards and placed third with four touchdowns.

While overshadowed by Rashad Greene in 2012, Smith quietly played in all 14 games, racking up a career-high 38 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns. His stellar blocking helped the Seminoles amass a school season-record 6,591 yards in total offense. His all-around performance made him the recipient of the team's Unselfish Leadership Award. He would conclude his college career as one of the top performers throughout the week-long practices leading up to the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.

His talent stood out at the East-West Shrine Game with his height, length and natural athleticism standing out. Although he still has room to refine his technique at the position and play more up to his size, Smith has the measureables NFL teams covet.

CAREER NOTES
Smith started his final 34 games for Florida State, appearing in a total of 48 contests, as he finished 21st in school history with 106 receptions, gaining 1,540 yards (14.53 ypc), as he converted 10 of those grabs into touchdowns.

2012 SEASON
The senior flanker was one of the most dependable and productive members of the unit over the last three seasons...registered a school record-setting 39th consecutive game with a reception when he caught an 8-yard pass from E.J. Manuel in the Orange Bowl, surpassing former Seminole great E.G. Green (1994-97) who had held the mark for 15 years...ranked second on the squad with 38 receptions and third on the team with 524 yards in 2012, including three touchdowns...set career single-game best for receptions (9 vs. Boston College) and also longest career reception and touchdown reception (61 vs. Savannah State)...had a team-leading two 100-yard games, going for 108 against Boston College and 112 against Duke on just three receptions...His three touchdown receptions came in consecutive games against Savannah State, Wake Forest and Clemson...his 29-yard touchdown reception against Clemson with 2:37 left in the third quarter gave the Seminoles their first lead, which they did not relinquish...finished career ranked just outside the top 20 on FSU's career lists for receptions (106), receiving yards (1,540) and touchdowns (10)...Was a major contributor to an FSU offense in 2012 which will go down in school history as the most productive ever, racking up a school-record 6,591 yards...earned the Unselfish Leadership Award on offense at the team's annual banquet.

2011 SEASON
Smith started 12 of 13 games at flanker, as he finished as the only FSU player to record a catch in every game in 2011...caught multiple passes in nine of 13 games...ranked in the top three on the team in almost every receiving category finishing first in receiving yards with 561...second on the team in catches (36), receiving yards per game (43.2) and tying for third in receiving TDs (4)...also ranked third on the team with a 15.6 yards per catch average...led FSU with six receptions and 78 yards against Louisiana-Monroe...followed up with team-bests of five catches and 78 yards against CSU...recorded four receptions for a team-best 118 yards, including a 57-yard score at Clemson which was the longest of his career...went over 60 yards receiving in back-to-back games against Duke and Maryland... added a 21-yard touchdown reception against Miami...one of only three Seminoles wide receivers to catch a pass in the Seminoles' victory over UF in the Swamp...capped off the season with four catches for 64 yards in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame... selected the top conditioned athlete at the team's annual banquet.

2010 SEASON
Smith came into his own as a sophomore after a one-catch freshman campaign...ranked fourth on the team with 31 receptions, good for 448 yards and three touchdowns...he continued to develop over the course of the season, managing just eight receptions through the first six games, but collected 25 over the last eight...The sophomore appeared to gain confidence after reeling in an 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the victory at Miami; his lone reception of the game...came back the very next week and had a career-high six receptions against Boston College...in addition to the 18-yard touchdown reception against Miami, Smith hauled in scoring passes of 27 (vs. North Carolina) and 39 (vs. Florida)...had five plays over 25 yards on the season...logged his first 100-yard (4-121) receiving game against Clemson...played in all 14 games with eight starts.

2009 SEASON
As a true freshman, Smith played in seven games, initially on special teams, before working his way into the receiving rotation late in the year..,His lone pass reception - from EJ Manuel - went for a 7-yard gain against Wake Forest in FSU's road victory...notched four tackles, including three solo stops, on special teams...a very diligent student who met the academic requirements for the ACC All-Academic team, posting better than a 3.0 GPA his first semester at FSU.

AGILITY TESTS
4.43 in the 40-yard dash…1.58 10-yard dash…2.55 20-yard dash…4.07 20-yard shuttle…11.84 60-yard shuttle…7.03 three-cone drill…34 ½-inch vertical jump…10'0" broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times…34 ¾-inch arm length…10 3/8-inch hands…84-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Smith attended Archbishop Carroll (Miami, Fla.) High School, where the highly-touted four-star prospect earned Miami Herald All-Dade honors at receiver...playing in a run-based offense, 10 of his 35 receptions as a high school senior went for touchdowns...Intercepted four passes from the safety position that year, as he had an interception return and two kickoff returns for touchdowns...over his final two seasons, he totaled 65 receptions for 1,330 yards and 17 TDs...ranked among the top 100 players nationally...received more than 30 FBS scholarship offers.

PERSONAL
Sociology major…Born 3/11/90…Resides in Miami, Florida.


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