The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver starters in 2020 didn’t go as planned.
According to Justin Melo, the Raiders have had a virtual meeting with WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
#Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette will bring exciting vertical skills to the next level, while also serving as an electric KR/PR. He'll be a good pro
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 9, 2021
At 6’1 and 179 pounds and has the size to go along with his speed.
Smith-Marsette had 1615 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 4-year career at Iowa.
He had his best year in 2019 when had 44 receptions, 722 yards and 5 TD’s.
He is also known for his versatility as he carried the ball 11 times for 108 yards and 3 TD’s.
He also returned 2 kickoffs for touchdowns and had a 28.7 yards per average in 53 returns.
In 2020, he had 25 receptions for 345 yards and 4 TD’s.
Smith-Marsette’s 28.8-yard average on 53 returns ranks 2nd all-time in the Big Ten.
He caught a 53 ard touchdown in his last play at Iowa against Wisconsin.
Some analysts believe he could be a steal in the 2021 draft.
Here is some of his scouting report at thedraftnetwork.com:
“Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette can, for the right offense, be quite the steal in the 2021 NFL Draft. Smith-Marsette brings ample speed, return skills, and vertical receiving to the game, and his production at the University of Iowa isn’t necessarily the best indicator or how talented he actually is—especially given that his open targets were much too often left short or hung in the air long enough to draw defenders back into the play. Smith-Marsette brings a track background to the field and it shows. He’s a graceful runner with easy speed and is at his best when he’s charged with stacking defenders vertically.”
He is projected to be a day 2 or day 3 selection.