While wide receiver DeVonta Smith’s incredible stats from his time at Alabama may jump off the page, his measurables won’t. His 6-foot-1, 175 pound listing makes his absurd Heisman season in 2020 even more remarkable.
Smith caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2020, en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, a rarity for a non-quarterback or running back. Throw in touchdowns as a rusher and in the return game, and he scored 25 times in 13 games.
Smith is participating in this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., to further improve his draft stock. He entered the year as a potential first-round pick, but his huge 2020 pushes him into potential top 10 territory, though he has some strong competition in the 2021 NFL Draft. LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle, his Alabama teammate, are both very likely first rounders and could be the first wide receivers off the board.
We’re just weeks removed from the season, so it makes sense that Smith may be under his listed weight, and wants a chance to bulk up before measuring for NFL teams. As a result, he’s turned down the opportunity to be officially measured at the Senior Bowl.
DeVonta Smith wasn't measured or weighed at the @seniorbowl
Instead, the Heisman Trophy winner will wait for @AlabamaFTBL pro day
Smith was 170 lbs last year, per scouts.https://t.co/dAu1MfQbX1
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) January 26, 2021
According to NFL.com, Smith didn’t skip all measurements today. His hands came in at 9 3/8 inches, his arms at 31 1/2 in., and his wingspan at 78 1/2 in.
Smith left maybe the best possible last impression on NFL Draft scouts in the national championship game. In just a half in Alabama’s 52-24 win over Ohio State, he caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, before a hand injury knocked him out for the second half. The game was pretty much decided by that point, thanks in large part to Smith’s incredible performance.
Alabama WR Devonta Smith still wearing a significant wrap around his hand he injured during the national title game. He’s not participating in on field activities at the Senior Bowl and this week. pic.twitter.com/cKQqNevUX0
— Safid Deen 💯💯💯💯 (@Safid_Deen) January 26, 2021
His smaller frame may present some concerns to NFL teams, and there’s a chance that a bigger, super-skilled receiver like Chase could edge him out in the top 10, but Smith’s combination of speed, exceptional route-running, and sure-handedness will make DeVonta Smith very hard to pass up for teams in the market for help on the outside.