Draft Profile: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

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Pos. WR
Ht. 6’0 1/4″
Wt. 166
Class: 4SR
College. Alabama.
DOB: 11/14/98

2017: 14 games. 8 rec, 160 yards, 3 TDs
2018: 14 games. 42 rec, 693 yards, 6 TDs
2019: 13 games. 68 rec, 1256 yards, 14 TDs
2020: 13 games. 117 rec, 1856 yards, 23 TDs; 4 att, 6 yards, 1 TD
Misc. Stats. 11 PRs for 237 yards, 1 TD, 4 KRs for 52 yards

Accolades. 2017 CFP National Champion, 2019 First Team All-SEC, 2020 First Team All-SEC, 2020 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 2020 Heisman Trophy, 2020 Biletnikoff Award, 2020 Maxwell Award, 2020 Unanimous All-American, 2020 CFP National Champion

Injury History.

History. Five-star recruit from Amite, LA. Prepped at Amite High Magnet School, where he went on to win MVP of the 3A State Championship Game. Participated in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and U.S. Army All-American Game.

Strengths. Great athlete. Smooth, fluid, and quick. Explosive get off, as well as in and out of breaks. Long strider, who can also break down, and sink his hips. Very natural hands catcher, with great ball skills, and not just for his size. Can line up outside or in the slot. Dangerous field vision. Shifty with the ball in his hands, picks up sneaky yards. Big play ability, that can take it to the house with one cut. About as good a college resume, as it gets. Selfless team player. Has experience as a gunner on special teams. Great personal and football character.

Weaknesses. Obvious lack of size. Under 170 pounds, can he hold up in the NFL? Could have issues against bigger and aggressive corners. Lack of play strength. Although willing, doesn’t offer much in the run game.

Overview. Speedy and incredibly fluid Y or Z receiver, that will provide an immediate impact. He’s as polished a college receiver as it gets, the only question mark is his size. Can he hold up in a now 17 game season? There’s been guys his size successful before, but it’s typically the exception, not the rule. Regardless, he’s a first round pick that starts day one for your franchise.

Evaluation based on. LSU 19′, South Carolina 19′, Florida 20′, Notre Dame 20′, Georgia 20′

Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

Draft Grade: 6.97

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