UCF wide receiver Tre’Qaun Smith decided Saturday to give up his final year of eligibility and head to the NFL Draft. And we believe he made the right decision.
First, no one can argue that UCF has just completed its greatest football season ever at the Peach Bowl Monday at 13-0, and it’s prominent players have more notoriety right now, than ever before.
We wrote yesterday about the record breaking ratings for that win over Auburn on ESPN, and the Knights story is known all over sports.
The only way it could get bigger or better, would be, if UCF could somehow get into the College Football Playoff while undefeated and win both games. Don’t hold out hope anytime soon for that happening. Like, in the next 25 years.
Anyway, back to the 6-1 205 lb star receiver out of Delray Beach in Tre’Quan Smith.
When you Consider the trajectory his career has been on the last couple of seasons and dramatic increases in yards and touchdowns, this is an easy and compelling decision for him to take off to the next level.
While he caught only two more passes in one more game this season, Smith’s per catch average went up almost five yards to 19.8 and he tallied 1,171 receiving yards on the year. His touchdown reception total nearly triple from 5 in 2016 to 13 in 2017.
Early draft analysis says that Smith probably isn’t a first or second round pick right now, but that could change after individual workouts and evaluations, etc.
The bottom line is you don’t know for sure, if UCF would rock and roll under new coach Josh Heupel next season. The team could have a lesser year and Smith’s numbers could also diminish.
What you do know is that those numbers up above, and the UCF season, will get NFL teams attention and get Smith extra consideration.
Another factor could be, and we may never know this answer, he could be an academic peril that would be a problem potentially for 2018, also. That seems to happen a lot this time of year with players turning pro who haven’t been going to class because they’ve been thinking about their NFL possibilities.
Again, we don’t know that for Smith, but it does happen sometimes.
Back to his NFL chances. There are other UCF receivers who have been drafted in the NFL. In fact there have been three in the first three rounds since 2006, including Breshad Perriman in the first round in 2015 . And, that will help him get consideration too.
Bottom line is: Pro football is a bottom line business.
And Tre’Quan’s Smith’s leverage is at it’s greatest, right now.
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