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So, the answer to the question about whether he can be a difference maker is a less exciting (but honest) one: maybe. Smith is certainly capable of being a dominant performer and was a premiere talent early in his career with San Francisco. It’s tempting to say the easy answer is “yes.
But like Brown, he compensates for that lack of polish with elite track speed and big play ability, as he averaged north of 23 yards per reception and scored eight touchdowns in 2020, with three of those going for 72 or more yards. An explosive kick returner as well, he returned 17 kicks for 467 yards and a touchdown. There's boom-or-bust potential here, but his strengths and potential contributions as a runner and returner should put him in the mix for Seattle on day two.