Torrey Smith, WR

A second-round pick out of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a>, the Ravens are hoping that Smith gives them the deep threat they have been lacking. Whether Smith can emerge as a vertical threat will have everything to do with whether the Ravens can build a balanced offense. Safeties who must be wary of long fly or post routes are not as effective against the run and can’t adjust to plays happening underneath, which would create room for possession receivers <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00008942" title="Anquan Boldin" href="/topic/sports/football/anquan-boldin-PESPT00008942.topic">Anquan Boldin</a> and Tandon Doss as well as the tight ends.

( Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE, US PRESSWIRE / July 29, 2011 )

A second-round pick out of Maryland, the Ravens are hoping that Smith gives them the deep threat they have been lacking. Whether Smith can emerge as a vertical threat will have everything to do with whether the Ravens can build a balanced offense. Safeties who must be wary of long fly or post routes are not as effective against the run and can’t adjust to plays happening underneath, which would create room for possession receivers Anquan Boldin and Tandon Doss as well as the tight ends.

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