DeVonta Smith is clearly one of the best prospects in this year’s draft. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama is projected to be a top-15 pick — as long as his weight doesn’t hold him back.
Really, the weight is the only real knock on Smith. There have been questions about it throughout his career, and those concerns have been magnified since the draft process got underway. Now we officially have those numbers.
According to Albert Breer with SI.com, Smith weighed in at 166 pounds at the Indianapolis medical combine earlier this month. On a 6-foot frame, that’s awfully light — but not unexpected.
NFL teams didn't get athletic testing numbers from the Indy medical combine earlier this month, but they did get measurements. And that meant, finally, they got Alabama WR DeVonta Smith on a scale.
Per sources, the Heisman winner checked in at a 6-foot-0.2 and 166 pounds.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 21, 2021
Look, Smith has every trait you could want in a true No. 1 receiver. Despite his limited size, he plays much bigger. He also runs great routes, has reliable hands and is an excellent blocker.
Smith also has a great feel for the nuances of the receiver position. The mental side is tough, which is why the Alabama coaching staff allowed Smith to play some cornerback.
Still, Joe Schad, who covers the Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post, makes an excellent point. People can acknowledge that size may impede his success at the next level without being a “hater.”
I think DeVonta Smith is going to be a good NFL receiver. It can also be true that his height/weight for a highly productive target is uncommon and will be contemplated by decision makers. Those who raise concern are not per se “haters.” https://t.co/xn1VYFeTUk
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 21, 2021
Regardless of size, Smith shouldn’t drop below No. 20, and it would be really surprising to see him make it past No. 15 overall.
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