When Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz came in to team headquarters this morning, he saw head coach John Harbaugh in the stairwell and came forward with a prediction.
"I looked at him and I told him Torrey Smith was going to be there at 58," Hortiz said.
Harbaugh didn't believe him.
"I was a skeptic," Harbaugh said. "I think my comment was, 'There's no way.' I might have added a word in there, too."
Hortiz: 1, Harbaugh: 0
Smith was, in fact, still available when the Ravens were on the clock with the 58th overall pick, and they didn't waste any time jumping on him.
Fans have been asking for the Ravens to add a vertical threat to their offense. Smith, who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine, would certainly qualify.
"When you add Torrey to the mix, as one of our scouts said, 'He can peel the top off the defense,'" general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "(He brings) easy scores. A slip here, and it's a touchdown. And that's deflating.
"Now, with everything we already had, we added a three-point shooter, I guess you could say. At any point, the ball gets in his hands, and Billy (Cundiff) is coming out to kick an extra point."
Smith is also a model citizen off the field. The Maryland product comes from a rough upbringing, and he was forced to take care of his younger siblings as early as the age of four because his mom needed to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
His past was detailed in a fantastic Washington Post article which Harbaugh said nearly brought him to tears when he read it leading up to the draft.
"This is a guy from the beginning, we saw this guy on tape, he fits us," Harbaugh said. "He's our kind of guy. He's our kind of personality, but he's also the kind of player that we really want and we really need.
"I was so proud of this young man reading the article, my thought was, 'We've got to find a way to make Torrey Smith a Raven. This guy is what this organization is all about."