When the Minnesota Vikings selected Ihmir Smith-Marsette from the 5th Round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the University of Iowa wide receiver was an immediately fascinating prospect. After all, six years ago, the Vikings famously found Stefon Diggs in the 5th Round, and he turned out to be a stud.
So, Smith-Marsette is obviously destined for the same batch of stardom as Diggs. Well, no, but the hints of it live in Vikings loyalists’ brains. Any wide receiver that is fast — as is Smith-Marsette — creates instant pizazz for fans because speed puts butts in seats, fantasy points into box scores, and big plays on television screens.
While Smith-Marsette may turn out to be a Diggsian type of pass-catcher, expectations must be lessened as it is extremely rare for 5th-Round players to bust out. Before this week, it was probably even a longshot that Smith-Marsette would steal WR3 duties away from Chad Beebe or Olabisi Johnson.