2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Devin Smith
Devin Smith Player Profile
April 10, 2015
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School: Ohio State Buckeyes
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Position: Wide Receiver
Career Stats: 121 receptions, 2,503 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns.
Strengths: Devin Smith has an extremely quick first step and has above-average top end speed to take the top off of a defense. Smith averaged close to 21 yards per reception for his career and had 18 receptions of 25-plus yards his senior season. Smith has experience playing on the outside or in the slot. Smith also has experience of contributing on special teams and could provide value there at the next level. Devin Smith has sharp cuts that allow him to beat his defender and create instant separation. Smith also has no off-the-field issues to worry about.
Weaknesses: Devin Smith doesn’t have the best hands, as he often catches with his body and he doesn’t do a consistent job of tracking the football. Smith isn’t much of a run blocker with his small and thin frame. Smith also needs to develop as a route runner, as he wasn’t much other than a deep threat for Ohio State, often going long periods without a catch due to being a one-trick pony.
Projection: Devin Smith is a home run hitter for any offense that’s lacking that flash and deep threat. Smith still could improve catching the football, but he’s certainly going to demand safety help on most plays and will improve an offense due to giving others single coverage. It’s hard not to like Smith as a prospect, and he’s going to make an offense instantly better. Devin Smith should go as early as the late second round.