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Devin Smith | Wide Receiver

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 197

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Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith is an "explosive athlete with a 5th gear," according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.
"Devin Smith has great focus tracking/adjusting to the ball. Explosive athlete with a 5th gear. Home run hitter," Weidl tweeted. The Buckeyes prospect caught four passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 59-0 win over Wisconsin. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Smith had touchdown catches of 39, 44, and 42 yards on Saturday. As a Buckeye, Smith has hauled in 118 passes for 2,371 yards and 29 touchdowns in four seasons. He has long speed and the ability to make the acrobatic catch. Dec 8 - 4:07 PM

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NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that he doesn't see Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "going any lower than the second round of the draft."

"Smith (6-foot-1, 199 pounds) is big, fast and physical," Jeremiah wrote. "He has great ball skills to go up and get it. All of those attributes were on display Saturday night." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom wrote last week that J.T. Barrett's lack of arm strength had forced the Buckeyes to underutilize the speedy Smith. We hoped to see Smith become a bigger part of the game plan with Cardale Jones and his howitzer behind center. That's exactly what happened, as Smith had touchdown catches of 39, 44, and 42 yards and finished with 137 receiving yards total. Smith is "a gifted vertical receiver and has a lot of good tools to work with as he prepares to develop his game for the next level," wrote Jeremiah.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 7 - 9:19 PM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith caught four passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 59-0 win over Wisconsin.

Smith's touchdown catches went for 39, 44, and 42 yards. It caps a week off that featured praise for Smith's games from NFL evaluators. He can play a Kenny Stills-like role in the NFL and is even listed as an inch taller.
Dec 7 - 12:23 PM

One NFC North scout believes Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith will shoot up draft boards at some point during the process.

"Media guys are going to be slow to catch up on him, but he's going to shoot up draft boards," the scout told NFL Media. "He's bigger than (Florida State's) Rashad Greene and faster. Ohio State should have used him better." Smith has been the definition of a vertical receiver, catching 114 passes for 2,234 yards and 26 touchdowns in four seasons. He has long speed and flashes acrobatic ball skills.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 4 - 9:15 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah reports that "some NFL people are very high on" Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith.

Though Smith is a bit of a one-trick pony as a deep threat, you can understand his niche popularity. "The senior looks like a classic second-rounder with size, speed and a big-time vertical," Jeremiah wrote. A few weeks ago, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Smith was "deadly on vertical routes." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound speedster is basically only used on fly routes or as a decoy to draw a safety further away from the line of scrimmage.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 5:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith was "deadly on vertical routes."

Brugler wrote that Smith was a reliable deep target for freshman QB J.T. Barrett. Earlier in the week, though, the analyst pointed out several flaws in Smith's game, namely that he shows "inconsistent tracking skills" which can lead to dropped balls. ESPN's Kevin Weidl blatantly disagreed with that assessment a few days later, tweeting that the senior "tracks it naturally." Smith has made 22 catches for 564 yards and eight touchdowns. He's averaging 27.2 YPC.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 13 - 10:58 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes NFL teams "with a vertical passing game are going to fall in love with" Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith.

"Teams with a vertical passing game are going to fall in love with OSU WR Devin Smith. Explosive athlete, 6th gear and tracks it naturally," Weidl tweeted. The Buckeye's favorite deep threat hauled in 12 catches for 129 yards and one touchdown in Ohio State's 49-37 win over Michigan State on Saturday. The Ohio State prospect is one of college football's best deep threats, as he is averaging 25.6 yards per a catch, ranking second in the FBS right behind Miami's Phillip Dorsett.
Nov 10 - 2:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "a frustrating prospect."

"Smith is a frustrating prospect because he shows the striding speed to stretch the field, but also inconsistent tracking skills, which makes him late to adjust and leads to focus drops. Aside from go routes downfield, he is unproven as a route runner, but has made a career out of getting behind the secondary for big plays, using his deep speed deep and also contributing on special teams coverages," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith scored twice this past weekend and recorded 72 yards on three receptions in the Buckeyes 55-14 win over Illinois. The Ohio State prospect is one of college football's best deep threats, as he is averaging 27.2 yards per a catch, ranking second in the FBS right behind Miami's Phillip Dorsett.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 2:14 PM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith scored twice and recorded 72 yards on three receptions in a 55-14 pasting of Illinois on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound speedster is basically only used on fly routes or as a decoy to draw a safety further away from the line of scrimmage. As such, he's recorded a ridiculous 27.2 yard per catch average this season, but on only 16 catches for 435 yards. Of those 16 receptions, nine times he's been hauled down in the field of play, and seven times Smith has taken the ball to the house. We thought he'd receive a heavier workload this season, but there are, of course, many mouths to feed on the Buckeyes' offense.
Nov 2 - 9:27 PM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith could "have his best season in Columbus, possibly vaulting him into the mid-round conversation," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Wide receiver hasn't been a strength on the depth chart for Ohio State in recent years, but the stage is set in 2014 for Smith to have his best season in Columbus, possibly vaulting him into the mid-round conversation," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound vertical threat, has averaged 17.9 yards a catch over the last three years with 18 touchdowns to his resume. Last season Smith had 44 catches for 660 yards and 8 touchdown as a junior.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 9:48 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith is a "strong vertical route runner" with "deceiving top-end speed."

"OSU WR Devin Smith is the teams top returning target. Strong vertical route runner. Deceiving top-end speed and tracks the ball well," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Smith had 44 catches for 660 yards in 2013 for the Buckeyes. Smith should be the focal point of an unproven receiving unit, and he should expect a heavier workload going into this season.
Jul 8 - 8:43 AM

Ohio State junior WR Devin Smith averages 44.3 yards per catch on his 13 career touchdowns receptions.

Smith is the definition of a vertical threat. He has registered 13 receptions for 256 yards and three touchdowns this season. He has two downfield passers throwing his way, and Smith has the long speed, tracking ability, and catch point toughness to make defenses pay.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Ohio State sophomore WR Devin Smith put forth his best performance of the season, registering five catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller looked in sync all afternoon. The young receiver made a spectacular catch in the opener against Miami of Ohio, but has become a more consistent performer since.
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 07:09:00 PM