I doubt we see an RGIII caliber talent for a long time though. Smith looks a tad lanky, but I do see NFL size, pretty good arm strength, a nice, compact release, and pretty electric running ability. He looks like a first round talent and I would consider taking him early because of his physical attributes and his high comfort level throwing the ball.
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Dukes, I think Smith is the favorite for the Heisman right now, but I think Logan Thomas will be ranked ahead him as an NFL prospect as we approach the draft. Logan's physical attributes are going to really impress NFL teams in the same way Cam's did. He's a towering presence.
Although Logan's going to have to have a good season and make strides as a passer of course. That's definitely not a lock though. Logan can stand back in the pocket with the fearlessness and comfort of a giant, athletic QB. He knows he's hard to tackle and that he can get yards on his own and that he can get away with holding the ball longer. But teams want a guy who can pass in rhythm with accuracy and good decision making just as much as they want a playmaker. Logan is going to have to show off some passing this year if he's going to come out early and be a high draft pick.
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But I do have a slight trepidation with drafting him that needs to be addressed through the predraft process. We need to see what he looks like catching the ball and he should show some nascent route running ability/show an ability to learn the WR position for the NFL level.
I absolutely doubt this will be the case, but if Denard shows just awful hands or instincts for the WR position then it makes him almost undraftable IMO. We'd need him to be able to line up at WR to get him on the field enough to properly use him because I don't think he has the build of a workhorse RB.
I think Sproles is a good comparison for him. I think Percy Harvin is a good one too. Similar speed to Percy and he could be used in a similar WR/HB role.
I agree with your point that the offense could really use a gamebreaking talent at the skill positions. RGIII is one, but he's a QB and we need him staying back and throwing the ball.
We need Denard's speed. Our entire team lacks speed outside of the LT, LB, and QB positions IMO. We're a power team built to play outdoors on natural grass in weather, which is appropriate. But you also need to have speed to match up with some of the great teams of the NFL and our offensive skill positions are pretty slow.
It doesn't have to be Denard though. But I think you're right that Denard will probably be one of the biggest playmakers left available in the mid second or later, mostly because of the difficulty in projecting him to a new position. I think he'll be one of the fastest players in the draft, probably the fastest decent offensive player in the second round.