Part of life as an NFL rookie is about unfamiliarity, but the transition to the pros might not be quite as tough for Ravens second-round pick Torrey Smith.
The 58th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith has a friend in Donte' Stallworth, the veteran wideout who helped train and coach Smith this offseason at Miami's Bommarito Performance Systems.
"Donte' has] told me nothing but great things,” Smith [told the Ravens' official website. "I even talked to him last night after I got picked. He was like, 'You're going to love the organization and love the coaches. You're lucky to learn from guys like Anquan [Boldin] and [Derrick] Mason.'
"He just said nothing but good things. He said it was a perfect place for me."
Stallworth's future is unsettled, being one of many NFL veterans in lockout limbo due to his pending unrestricted free-agent status. He spent last season in Baltimore, finishing with two catches for 82 yards after missing half the season with a broken foot.
Stallworth expressed disappointment on Twitter he might not be around to work with Smith going forward.