"There are some guys in the draft that you can't pass up if you have that opportunity," Smith told the Ravens' website in Philadelphia on Wednesday. "My personal opinion, in the first round, there are only two guys that distinguish themselves in that manner: Corey Davis and John Ross."
Davis and Ross are record-setters. Davis set an FBS mark with 5,278 career receiving yards, and Ross ran the fastest 40-yard time in NFL combine history (4.22 seconds).
The notable exclusion from Smith was Mike Williams, who is considered the No. 1 receiver in this draft by ESPN's Todd McShay. He produced 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns for national champion Clemson.
"I don't believe Mike Williams is a guy that you reach for at [No.] 16 because I don't think he really changes anything in a way you want to change them," Smith said. "If you say Mike Williams is a big target, but he's not running a 4.21. Corey Davis has that big-play potential. He knows how to play the game. He runs excellent routes. Those are the two guys I think that if you have the opportunity to get, you don't walk past."
A five-time Pro Bowl player, Smith is 12th in league history with 1,028 receptions and seventh with 14,697 receiving yards. He retired at the end of the 2016 season, and Baltimore hasn't added a receiver since.