1How NFL-ready is he?
How many RBs secure 95% of their collegiate touches in their senior year…while compiling the fifth-most rushing yards in college football? Undrafted free agent Abram Smith electrified last year at Baylor. The former linebacker took a circuitous route to land in New Orleans’ backfield. Is one breakout college season a sign of things to come? Essentially, did those 14 college games give him enough tools to succeed at the next level?
2Achieving fantasy relevance begins with winning the RB3 job
First, he’ll need to lock down the No. 3 job ahead of Tony Jones Jr., who failed to impress last year on 59 touches. If Smith can begin the season playing behind an aging starter and an even more aged No. 2, his ceiling would be impressive. The chance of Kamara and Ingram missing at least one game each is significant. There’s a path for Smith to show the Saints what he can do.
3An opening to overtake Mark Ingram, including near the goal line
Smith’s size could push him into goal-line work, not unlike the Chiefs’ Darrel Williams last season. If Ingram is officially no longer a viable solution near the end zone, the odds we’ll see Smith poaching touchdowns will increase.