Devin Smith Scouting Report
|School:||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Height & Weight:||6-0 - 196 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||First Round|
|Ranked #41 on our Top 100 Prospects Board|
2015 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Coming out of high school in Ohio, Smith was highly recruited as a wide receiver. He was also the Ohio State Champion in the long jump, as well as a standout basketball player. He continued on as a two sport athlete at Ohio State where he was one of the Big Ten's top high jumpers and an Honorable Mention All-American in the 4x100 relay.
After his junior season in 2014, Smith earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors. Smith finished his season in 2014 with 931 yards and twelve touchdowns.
At 6-foot-0 and 196, Smith has sufficient size and weight for an outside NFL receiver. Smith ran a 4.42 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine, but only put up 10 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.
Smith is an elite deep threat receiver who primarily uses his speed to beat opposing defensive backs over the top. He makes excellent in air adjustments to the ball, and has the ability to go up and make tough catches in traffic.
Not only does Smith use his speed to get open, but he has an extra gear to separate from defenders once he catches the ball. He has exceptional quickness footwork coming out of his breaks, which helps him get open.
While his speed is his biggest asset, Smith does not have the strength to beat press coverage from stronger corners in the NFL. He does not run many inside routes, which leaves him more as a number two receiver, or a deep threat.
Smith will be more valuable to teams with an established go-to receiver who are looking for a complimentary deep or speed option.
Smith projects as a true big play wide receiver for teams looking for somebody to take the top off of opposing defenses. He should be no worse than a mid-second round pick, and very well could be selected in the mid to later part of the first round given his size, speed and upside.
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