The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver DeAndre Smelter to a reserve/future contract.
Smelter, 6-2, 227 pounds, spent the last three seasons (2015-17) with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2017, he spent the entire season on the team's practice squad. Smelter spent time on the 49ers' active roster and practice squad in 2016. He saw action in two games and caught one pass for 23 yards. As a rookie in 2015, Smelter spent the entire season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech.
Smelter was selected in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but elected to play collegiately before pursuing his professional career. He originally attended Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship before joining the football team during the summer of 2013. Smelter saw action in 25 games (20 starts) for the Yellow Jackets' football team and compiled 56 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. He earned Second Team All-ACC honors as a senior in 2014. Smelter played three seasons (2011-13) on the baseball team at pitcher and in the outfield. He participated briefly on the baseball team in 2014 before opting to focus on football.