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Steve Smith has only known Ravens undrafted rookie wide receiver DeAndre Carter for a month.

Yet the veteran wide receiver has seen enough from Carter that he's comparing the potential of the former Sacramento State All-American to Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Randall Cobb.

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"I'm biased, he's a West Coast guy," Smith said of Carter, a fellow California native. "I just love his attitude. I see a young Randall Cobb in him, but I think he can play inside or outside. I'm excited to watch him play."

Carter grew up emulating Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

And the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Carter was always a fan of Smith, whose 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame hasn't stopped him from having a prolific NFL career.

"Steve Smith kind of paved a path for shorter receivers in the league," Carter said. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. I liked his game, like the way he plays and model my game after him."

Carter went undrafted despite a prolific career at Sacramento State, where he earned All-American honors last season. He led all Football Championship Subdivsion schools with 99 catches for 1,321 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns.

With the Ravens after signing a three-year contract that included a $7,500 signing bonus, Carter is being mentored by Smith.

"All I do is try to teach if I see something," Smith said. "I feel like I can learn something from them just like they feel like they can learn something from me. So, I may see a guy do a release, and I'll jot down a note for myself. And then I may see something, and I'll tell them.

"I just really look at it as really two professionals evaluating each other and giving out some great input and that's really it. Less of a mentor, more of just having a conversation. If you walk in there like, 'Hey, I'm the older guy ..' I just go in there, 'Look, I can learn from you; you can learn from me.'

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