Shi Smith
Shi Smith @ Senior Bowl.jpg
No. 12 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-10-26) October 26, 1998 (age 23)
Union, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Union County
(Union County, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receiving yards:104
Player stats at · PFR

Shiyun M. Smith (born October 26, 1998) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina.

Early years

Smith attended Union County High School in Union County, South Carolina. He caught 54 passes for 1,337 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and 67 passes for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.[1] He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football as a 4 star recruit.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Shi Smith
Union, SC Union 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jun 11, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
4/5 stars
4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: (67 WR)   Rivals: 205 (34 WR)  247Sports: 159 (4 ATH)  ESPN: 107 (16 WR)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2017 Team Ranking".

College career

As a true freshman at South Carolina in 2017, Smith played in 12 games with seven starts and had 29 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns. He again started nine of 12 games in 2018, recording 45 receptions for 673 yards and four touchdowns.[3] As a junior in 2019, he started all 10 games he played in missing two due to injury. He finished the season with 43 receptions for 489 yards and two touchdowns.[4][5] Smith became South Carolina's primary receiving target his senior season in 2020.[6][7][8] Smith finished his senior season in 2020 with 57 receptions for 633 yards and 4 touchdowns over the course of 9 games.

Following the conclusion of the 2020 season, Smith announced he was declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.[9]

Smith left South Carolina fourth in program history in total catches and eighth in receiving yards. He also is tied for 13th in the record books for career touchdowns.[10]

Professional career

Smith ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, performed a 36 inch vertical jump, a 10 ft, 3 inch broad jump, and ran a 6.83 3-cone drill at his pro day.[11]

Smith was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 204th pick in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.[12] On May 13, 2021, Smith signed his four-year rookie contract with Carolina.[13]

Personal life

On March 25, 2022, Smith was arrested for unlawfully carrying a handgun, drug possession, and speeding in South Carolina.[14]