WR - PHI
The only concern with DeVonta is can he stay healthy? He's undersized, but this kid wants to be great. He has the chops to do it. The former Heisman winner dominated college football in 2020. He's a big play waiting to happen and he should get plenty of opportunities- (translation a lot of catches in half point and full point PPR formats.) He should make an immediate impact. My comp is former Michigan Wolverines and Minnesota Vikings star WR Anthony Carter. Google him. He was really good. DeVonta Smith will be just as good if not better.
Some are worried about his size at the next level, but the game has changed in a lot of ways in order to make it less violent, which certainly helps Smith. If it's press coverage you're worried about, don't be - Smith is a wizard at getting off the line of scrimmage. The Eagles traded up to get their go-to receiver for Jalen Hurts. He'll be a force in fantasy from the get-go.
10th overall. 142.8 yards per game (1856 yds - 13 games), 9 rec per game (117 rec) -
He won the Heisman, and shredded it in the Championship game, I really can't bring myself to lower him in my rankings... yet. At the Senior Bowl Smith's wingspan measured in longer than Antonio Gandy-Golden's and the same as Collin Johnson's.
Gandy-Golden is 6'4" and Johnson is 6'6".
Smith lands in Philly coming off of a HeismanTrophy winning season and provides Jalen Hurts with a reliable receiving weapon. This offensive structure is still an incomplete puzzle and we'll need to see what Philadelphia does for the remainder of the draft, but Smith's absolutely going to have fantasy relevance and he should be viewed as a solid investment in the middle of the first round of your Dynasty rookie drafts.
He's gotten better every single year. Didn't have the early breakout like some of his Alabama peers but his stats, and film, have shown a player that works, and gets better. Has the characteristics that give you confidence he won't bust for lack of effort. If there was ever a time for the smaller WR takeover to happen and render previous years history useless, it would be this class, with DeVonta leading the way, in a league that allows less physical coverage than ever before. He is someone that might not be the most athletic, or have the best frame, but you know he's always working to get better at the game. He improved almost every weakness over the course of his career.
- Can stop on a dime
- Break down on his routes very suddenly. Able to take advantage of being a deep threat, with that stopping ability. Allows him to work underneath routes as well
- Game Speed
- The ability to make great plays routinely, careful not to take it for granted
- Half his cons disappeared in 2020, maybe he returned to school for a reason, and certainly seems to have accomplished whatever goals he set
- Had one of the best success rates off press coverage last 2 years
- Struggles with catch consistency but can make most, as well as some highlight catches(no drops in 2020!?)
- Not a very effective blocker, some improvement in 2020 but you can only do so much with his size
- Coverage becomes sticky when he's played physically, struggles to get off of it. Not a ton of evidence for this because Alabama sets him up well, but probably because they realize what would happen
- I had a weird thing where every time I go to watch a certain 2019 Alabama WR I came away not being impressed, and liked the other ones more, until I watched them.. A never ending circle.
Unbiased numbers he has working against him: size(?), and not an early declare. BUT, HE'S ONLY 11 DAYS OLDER THAN JAYLEN WADDLE
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