From 2001 to 2011 Steve Smith was one of the most feared receiving threats in the league. At only 5’9 he was never much of a physical presence on the field but what defensive backs in the NFL soon found out was that his speed and size made him nearly impossible to cover. Smith was fast enough to blow right past bigger and stronger defensive backs and he was athletic enough to physically out gun smaller corners. Although he is a premier deep threat Steve Smith was considered to be dangerous no matter where on the field he caught the ball because his size and speed let him slip past defenders over the middle and on the perimeter.
Steve Smith’s origins s a speedster began in high school where he lettered in both football and track-and-field. While in high school Smith set numerous school track-and-field records and also attracted attention of college football scouts as a running back and defensive back. After graduating high school in 1997 Steve Smith went on to attend Santa Monica College where he teamed with future All Star Chad Johnson to form one of the most dynamic receiving duos ever seen at a small college. After player football for two years at Santa Monica College Steve Smith was able to transfer to the University of Utah where he was able to establish himself as a premier receiver. With two years as a starting receiver at the University of Utah under his belt Steve Smith declared for the 2001 NFL draft. Although he did not garner as much attention from scouts as the top receiving prospects he was on the radar of many teams as a 3rd-4th round pick. Ultimately, Smith was selected by the Carolina Panthers early in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
As a third round pick Steve Smith was not expected to come in and put up big numbers right away but many people expected him to catch more than the 10 passes for 154