Former Ohio State wide-receiver Corey Smith was claimed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals after being passed up in the 2017 NFL Draft. After a medical redshirt was granted to Smith for the 2015 season, he was unable to find a spot in the WR rotation last season. Despite incredible skill and a 4-star reputation when he arrived, Smith was never able to make a lasting impact for the Buckeyes.
As a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College, the Akron-native arrived in Columbus as the No. 3 ranked junior college receiver after pulling in 51 receptions for 733 yards as a sophomore.
At 6’1, 190 lbs., Smith ran a 4.68 40-time at Ohio State’s pro day, and showed well enough late in the evaluation process to begin to pick up interest from scouts and analysts. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ranked Smith as the 41st best wide-receiver in the draft, and the 261st player overall.
How good was Smith in college?
In his freshman year, Smith had 28 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns while playing for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College. However, despite the team going undefeated, the school discontinued the program after the season, which necessitated Smith’s transfer to East Mississippi.
In Mississippi, Smith was an instrumental part of his team winning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ north division championship.
In the 2014 season in Columbus, Smith played in 14 games, recording 20 catches for 255 yards, including a season-long 47-yard reception in the National Championship game against Oregon.
However, with only five catches for 62 yards in four games in 2015, he suffered a leg injury against Indiana, ending his season. A wrist injury kept him off of the field for much of the 2016 campaign as well. Playing in only four games, his biggest contribution was against Clemson, where he snagged a pair of catches for 27 yards.