NFL Draft 2011: Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor To Ravens, Ryan Williams To Cardinals, Rashad Carmichael To Texans, Da'Rel Scott To Giants

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Da'Rel Scott Selected By New York Giants

Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott has been drafted, just in the nick of time. The New York Giants selected Scott with the 221st pick of the seventh round in the 2011 NFL Draft, giving Scott a home on one of the Redskins' biggest rivals.

Scott was outstanding as a sophomore at Maryland, but had a poor, injury-plagued junior season and wasn't all that amazing his senior season either. However, he rekindled his draft stock by dominating at the NFL combine, posting a 4.34 time in the 40-yard dash. That was the fastest time for any running back.

The Giants have Ahmad Bradshaw firmly entrenched as the starter, but Scott could certainly help on third down. Also, and it's worth pointing this out for irony's sake, Bradshaw too was a seventh-round pick. Scott certainly is a very similar player to Bradshaw in terms of his strengths and weaknesses, so maybe he has a chance to be just as successful.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Tyrod Taylor Selected By Baltimore Ravens

With the 180th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Tyrod Taylor, quarterback, Virginia Tech University. Taylor was one of the best passers in Virginia Tech history, and he will go to a Ravens team that could use a backup to starter Joe Flacco.

Taylor had some accuracy issues in his first three years at Virginia Tech, but improved those tremendously in a banner senior season, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,743 yards and 24 touchdowns against just five interceptions. If the Ravens elect to use him at quarterback, he'll be a good fit there. But according to MASN Sports' Dan Kolko, the Ravens may elect to change his position.

Taylor went through the pre-draft process auditioning only as a quarterback, but some teams reportedly consider him as a versatile guy who could best be used in a spot other than under center.    

Taylor joins Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith with the Ravens. Earlier, Taylor's teammate, cornerback Rashad Carmichael, went to the Houston Texans in the fourth round.


Ryan Williams Drafted By Cardinals: How Hokies Running Back Fits In Arizona

Former Virginia Tech Hokies running back Ryan Williams will be heading west after being drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals. Williams should be happy to hear where he landed, because he could have the opportunity to earn significant playing time early in his first season in Arizona.

The Cardinals ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing in 2010, with just 86.8 yards per game on the ground. Aside from that, Arizona's leading rusher from last season Tim Hightower will be a free agent this year, leaving Chris Beanie Wells as the only other qualified starter in the Cardinals backfield.

Williams will be joining an offense that has not yet solved its quarterback position though. Many thought that the Cardinals would target Blaine Gabbert in the first round, but they instead elected to focus on defense, selecting Patrick Peterson of the LSU Tigers with the fifth overall pick.


Torrey Smith Drafted By Baltimore Ravens: How He'll Fit In Their Offense

Few would have identified wide receiver as a position of need for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft. In drafting Torrey Smith of the Maryland Terrapins, the Ravens added to an already solid core group of receivers that includes T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Anquan Boldin, and Derrick Mason.

This crowded group of wide receivers just got more crowd with Smith in the mix. He's yet another big and fast receiver that will cause plenty of match-up problems for opposing defenses. But despite the impressively deep group of receivers on Baltimore's roster in 2010, the team ranked only 20th in passing. The offense led by quarterback Joe Flacco averaged 208.4 passing yards per game, and finished the season with 25 passing touchdowns.

Smith will hope to help improve on that mark. The Ravens offense has been improving each year since Cam Cameron became offensive coordinator in 2008, and with even more offensive firepower now on the team, they'll hope that will continue in 2011.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Torrey Smith Selected By Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens decided to stay local in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. They selected wide receiver Torrey Smith of the Maryland Terrapins with the 58th overall pick.

Smith was one of the biggest reasons that the Terrapins were in the hunt for a spot in the ACC Championship Game. He caught a team-high 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season in 2010, finishing his college career with a total of 2,218 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The 6'-1" Smith was one of the most impressive players at the 2011 NFL Combine, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, ranking near the top of all wide receivers. He was also the top overall performer at the Combine in the vertical jump contest.

Some mock draft experts like Mel Kiper Jr. had Smith going to the Washington Redskins in the second round, but instead he'll be playing for a different team with a stadium in Maryland, just 40 minutes north in Baltimore.

For more on the Ravens and the rest of their 2011 draft, be sure to head on over to SB Nation's Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Williams Selected By Arizona Cardinals

With the 38th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected running back Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech.

Williams was one of only five players who attended the draft party at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night to leave undrafted. He didn't have to wait very long on Friday though to hear his name called. Williams was the sixth player drafted in the second round, and the second running back selected in this draft class after Mark Ingram was drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

Williams joins a back-field in Arizona that saw a transition last season from Tim Hightower to Chris Beanie Wells. Hightower finished the 2010 season with 736 yards and five touchdowns while Wells ran for 397 yards and two touchdowns.

The 38th overall pick had an incredible redshirt freshman season in 2009 for the Hokies, rushing for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns while winning the ACC Rookie of the Year award. He missed out on several games last season due to a hamstring injury, but still finished 2010 with 477 yards and nine touchdowns.

For more on Williams and the rest of Arizona's draft picks, follow SB Nation's Cardinals blog Revenge Of The Birds.


NFL Draft 2011 Results: Ras-I Dowling Selected By New England Patriots

Our first semi-local college prospect is off the board. WIth the 33rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Ras-I Dowling, a cornerback from the University of Virginia. 

The Virginia cornerback is a logical pick for the Patriots, who need help in the secondary to maintain a strong defense. Dowling only played three games last year because of a left ankle injury, but had eight career interceptions as an all-world cornerback at Virginia. His draft stock probably took a hit because of the ankle injury, but at No. 33 overall, he still recovered fairly well. He was able to raise his stock at the NFL Draft combine, posting a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash, one of the highest times among defensive backs.

Torrey Smith and Ryan WIlliams remain unclaimed early in the second round. For more on Dowling, users should check out SB Nation's Virginia blog Streaking the Lawn.


Torrey Smith Projected To Go To Redskins In Mel Kiper Round 2 Mock Draft

Here's a nice pleasant surprise for Maryland fans and other fans of the D.C. area sports teams. ESPN's Mel Kiper has come out with his second-round 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and he has Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith going to ... the Washington Redskins.

Yes, indeed. Kiper has Smith slotted in the No. 49 spot, the Redskins' second pick of the round. That is the pick the Redskins acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. The Redskins traded the No. 10 pick in the draft to the Jaguars for the No. 16 and No. 49 selections. With the No. 16 pick, the Redskins took Ryan Kerrigan, a defensive end/linebacker from Purdue.

Smith would certainly be a logical pick to help the Redskins' wide receiver position. The Redskins have potential depth issues, with leading receiver Santana Moss a free agent. Anthony Armstrong came on and had a strong season opposite Moss, but the team doesn't have much depth and could lose Moss after all. In that sense, Smith would be a very good pick.


Todd McShay Mock Draft Has Ryan Williams Going No. 64 To Green Bay Packers

ESPN's Todd McShay has come out with his complete seven-round 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and several local prospects are projected to be drafted. The highest one in his mock draft is Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is projected to go No. 49 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The next one after Smith is Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, who is projected to go No. 64 to the Green Bay Packers in the last pick of the second round.

Williams is projected by most to be a second- or third-round pick after suffering through injuries in his sophomore year at Virginia Tech. The Packers won the Super Bowl despite not having running back Ryan Grant healthy, so Williams would certainly have an opportunity to make a difference should he be drafted there.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.


Todd McShay NFL Mock Draft Has Torrey Smith Going No. 49 To Jacksonville Jaguars

ESPN's Todd McShay just came out with his final 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and it is a full seven rounds long. Therefore, he projects a number of key local prospects to be drafted. Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith is the first local player to come off the board in McShay's mock draft. The Terps' standout is projected to be picked No. 49 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Smith was seen as a borderline first-round pick early in the NFL Draft process, but most projections don't have him listed among the top 32 prospects as of right now. Therefore, it looks more likely that he will end up slipping to the second round. 

The Jaguars will likely have a need for a wide receiver, depending on the free-agent status of Mike Sims-Walker. Even if Sims-Walker is retained, a No. 2 receiver is a need, and Smith is certainly capable of filling it. 

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.


NFL Draft 2011: Torrey Smith, Ryan Williams Lead Washington D.C.-Area Prospects

The 2011 NFL Draft is a big day for the Washington Redskins, but it's also a big day for several local stars who will see their NFL dreams come true. This season isn't a huge one for local prospects, but there are several names that are expected to be picked over the course of the weekend.

The most notable one is Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Terps' wideout decided to go pro after a breakout junior season in which he garnered 1,055 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Smith helped himself with an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, and is projected to be a borderline first-round pick, though he is not a part of the first round in the latest NFL mock draft

The other key prospect is Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams. Williams had a poor sophomore season as he missed four games and struggled through several others with injuries, but elected to go pro anyway. Williams is expected to be a second-round pick, and could slip into the first round. He is among the most highly-rated running backs in the draft.

We'll keep track of those two as we go forward. Other local prospects include Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling, Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak, Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael, Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott and Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor

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