DeVonta Smith On Questions About NFL Size: ‘We’re Not Bodybuilders’

Despite his success at Alabama, some still wonder whether wide receiver and Heisman winner DeVonta Smith is too small for the NFL.

But Smith is quick to remind everyone that he’s playing football — not competing for a Mr. Olympia title.

“We play football. We’re in a football business. We’re not weightlifting. We’re not bodybuilders,” Smith said on the NFL Network. “It’s football. That’s what we’re here for. All the other stuff is irrelevant.”

As it stands, Smith is listed at 6-foot-0 and 167 pounds. No receiver with those dimensions has dominated at the next level, but Smith’s excellent hands and route-running could make him an exception.

“Just having different things that I can do, different ways to get from point A to point B,” he said when talking about what he plans to bring to the NFL. “Just overall football smarts. I feel like I’m one of the smartest players out there, and that just comes down to preparation and always wanting to be a step ahead of who I’m playing against.”

Most mock drafts have Smith falling somewhere in the Nos. 14-18 range, with CBS Sports projecting he’ll go No. 16 overall to the Detroit Lions.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Yeah, I don’t know about this one. In college football you’re still mostly playing against future desk jockeys. Even in the SEC. At 167 pounds he’s one bad pass across the middle away from being carted off the field in pieces. You won’t be able to run to his side either because he’s giving up 30-40 pounds to cornerbacks. He needs to add another 15-20 lbs of muscle at least, because you don’t want be a middleweight out there in a land where everyone else is a heavyweight. Even at 5’10” Tyreek Hill is 185-190.

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