Former Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.
Former Georgia Tech wideout DeAndre Smelter has a new home in the NFL, for now. The 26-year old Macon native. A two-star athlete at Tech, playing both baseball and football during his college career, Smelter was a fourth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Smelter prior to getting drafted played in the 2013 and 2014 seasons for the Yellow Jackets where he turned into a dynamic receiver. Over his two seasons, Smelter made 56 receptions for 1,060-yards, and 11 touchdowns. He also had four rushing attempts for 115-yards and a touchdown.
Smelter spent three seasons with the 49ers organization but only appeared in two games, making one reception for 23-yards. Smelter missed the entirety of his first season after having to rehab from an ACL tear he suffered in the Jackets 2014 season finale against UGA. Smelter was waived by the 49ers following the 2017 season and was signed by the Colts however he was cut prior to minicamps starting.
Now, over a year later, Smelter has a new team and will look to find himself a spot on a talented and up and coming squad in Jacksonville. Last season, the Jaguars had one of their best seasons in franchise history going 10-6 and making it to the AFC Championship game where they narrowly fell to the New England Patriots 24-20.
Smelter will most likely just be an addition for the Jaguars training camp starting next month but perhaps Smelter could lash the skillset that made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.
The Georgia Tech football team will be getting ready for their own training camp that starts at the beginning of August in preparation for their season opener on September 1st against Alcorn State.