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Before Torrey Smith heard his name called by the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s draft, he thought there was a good chance he might end up in a New England Patriots jersey.
Smith visited with the Patriots and participated in a workout with them, and New England was reportedly interested in the speedy receiver from Maryland.
“I pretty much did everything you could do with New England as far as the draft process goes,” Smith said. “I met with them at the combine, did a private workout, and I saw them around a lot.”
The Patriots had two selections in the second round and ended up taking defensive back Ras-I Dowling (33rd pick) from Virginia and running back Shane Vereen (56th) from the University of California.
Two picks after the Patriots took Vereen, the Ravens drafted Smith.
Smith Excited About Facing Patriots
It’s worked out for Smith, as he’s emerged as the Ravens’ No. 2 wide receiver and top deep threat. He led the team with seven touchdown catches and was second with 840 receiving yards.
Vereen, however, hasn’t made a big impact yet for the Patriots. He’s played in just five games and has 15 rushes for 57 yards.
As the Ravens get ready to face the Patriots Sunday in the AFC championship, Smith isn’t holding a grudge about the Patriots decision to go a different direction.
“They have a great coaching staff, and you can see with the way their track record has been [that] they know how to win,” Smith said.
He does admit that he’s impressed with their offense, especially when it comes to video games.
“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” Smith joked. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game.”
But Smith plays with a different team.
“I play with the Ravens all the time now,” he said, smiling.