Elijah Smith NFL Draft Prospect

Elijah Smith (#3) played wide receiver for the University of Lincoln Pennsylvania. Smith grew up in Elmont, New York and attended Sewanhaka High School. While in high school, Smith went on to play 3 years of football and 4 years of track and field. Smith earned All-County Honors in 2014 as well as participating in the Empire Challenge. The Empire Challenge is a big high school game for the Top 50 New York City players and the Top 50 Long Island players. Smith was a part of the Long Island team when he participated in the event. Smith 2
Smith started his career playing football for Monroe College in the Bronx, New York. Smith appeared in five games for Monroe College in 2014. Smith had 8 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns as a freshman. In 2015, Smith saw improvement in his game as he appeared in 6 games. Smith had 14 receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown. In 2016, Smith transferred from Monroe and went on to finish his collegiate career at the University of Lincoln Pennsylvania. Smith played all 10 games for the Lions in 2016 and started 9. Through those 10 games, Smith had 18 receptions for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not only is Smith an excellent receiver but he is also a solid return man. Smith had 19 returns for 374 yards and a touchdown. Smith finished his collegiate career with 32 receptions for 353 yards and 4 touchdowns. Smith was able to get his name mentioned numerous times during his time as a member of the University of Lincoln Pennsylvania football team. Smith said, “my successful career at Lincoln started during the 2016 season where I was the leader in all purpose yards for the conference (796 yards) and broke the school record in kick return touchdowns being the first to score since the program revival in 2008.”
Smith said his toughest matchup came against his ex-teammates when he played at Monroe. The teammates were Kamal Hardy and Montre Gregory. Both Gregory and Hardy compete in the FBS now as they were able to prove themselves at Monroe. Smith said, “preparing to go against guys like them was basically practicing with them EVERYDAY.” Smith was able to learn from them and prepare himself for games as he would watch how they covered him and would adjust for guys who are quicker and more savvy. Smith 3
Smith is currently preparing himself for his Pro Day as he looks to take the next step into the NFL. Smith is currently training with the head athletic trainer at Lincoln as he tries to improve his quickness, flexibility and speed. Smith explains, “I can preform well in the 40 at my pro day. I run a consistent 4.43 but I’m shooting for a 4.38.” Smith has the athletic ability to be a solid wide receiver in the NFL and when speed is improved he could be a viable threat for opposing defenses.

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