One was expected to be a difference-maker right away. The other was supposed to take a little more time.
But last season, Cincinnati’s
Each scored seven receiving touchdowns, which was one shy of the rookie leader,
Though their pedigrees and expectations were different as rookies, both Green and Smith ended up comparing favorably to the rookie totals of some of today’s most respected wideouts -- like Detroit’s
Green was the fourth-overall pick in the 2011
“He was a cut above most players in the league from the start,”
Smith lasted until late in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, 54 picks after Green, despite wowing scouts at the
Smith averaged 16.8 yards per catch -- Green was right behind him with 16.3 -- which was right up there with dangerous downfield threats like Johnson, Fitzgerald, Carolina’s Steve Smith, and Pittsburgh's
"He's hard-working. He's a very old-school, blue-collar kind of mindset guy. He just comes to work and he gives you his best every day. He plays through any kind of injury," Harbaugh said Tuesday. "I think the world of Torrey Smith. That's why he gets better. He's got that mindset, and he gets better every single day."
(Harbaugh added that Smith is talking about cutting his hair, which might not be a bad idea if you remember the game at M&T Bank Stadium last season when Cincinnati cornerback
Both players are poised for big second seasons in 2012, and each will draw plenty of attention from enemy defensive backs at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night, making this a matchup to watch.