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San Francisco 49ers Draft Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter

Posted May 2, 2015

With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter.




With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter.

Smelter caught 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in 2014, including four 100-yard performances. For his career, Smelter caught 56 passes for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The receiver was named to the 2014 All-ACC second-team by Phil Steele as well as the ACC coaches. Smelter took home ACC receiver of the week honors on Nov. 12, 2014.

"I'm grateful and humble right now," Smelter said. "This is a great opportunity. I think the 49ers are a great organization to play for so I'm just excited."

Here is a quick overview of Smelter's strenghts from his NFL.com draft profile page.

"Big receiver with physicality to match. On hitch routes, showed shake to make first defender miss and also showed he can punish defenders with a stiff-arm. Talented after the catch. His football intelligence really stands out. Has understanding of leverage within his routes and will adjust his route to counter the defender's actions. Able to create separation underneath by pushing cornerbacks with good route speed. Consistently worked back to quarterback when plays got off schedule. Uses wide frame to box out cornerbacks on back-shoulder throws near the boundary. Wins when ball is in the air with physicality, body control, well-timed leaps and strong hands. Capable run blocker. Great competitor with mature background."

Smelter measures at 6-feet-2 inches and 226-pounds. He is currently rehabbing a torn ACL that cost him the final two games of his senior season at Georgia Tech. Smelter said he didn't have expectations for when he'd be able to return to the football field and is a prime candidate to be "redshirt" his rookie season in 2015.

"I'm four months into my rehab," Smelter said. "I'm moving and starting to run around a lot. Right now it's just straight-line running and no cutting yet."

Smelter went to Georgia Tech to play baseball, but lingering shoulder issues forced the switch to football. 2013 was his first season focusing solely on his skills as a wide receiver.

"It was my first time playing football in four years because i didn't play football my senior year of high school," Smelter said. "That was kind of like a warmup year. In 2014, I got a full year under my belt to train and actually work at it. That production jump shows that I still have a lot more room to grow."


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