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Devin Smith | Wide Receiver

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

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Jets selected Ohio State WR Devin Smith with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Smith (6'0/196) was a prolific deep threat at Ohio State, turning 121 career catches into 2,503 yards (20.7 YPR!) and 30 TDs. Although Smith ran 4.42 at the Combine, he plays faster on tape with an ability to accelerate and "go get" vertical bombs. In the words of Mike Mayock, Smith "tracks the deep ball as well as any college wide receiver I've seen in years." Smith's flaws are his thin frame and tendency to body catch, although he only dropped two passes as a senior. Smith may never be a high-volume NFL receiver, but he's ready to lift the lid and tilt coverage, opening up the field for teammates. The question is if Smith can expand his route tree or stay as a downfield role player. Fri, May 1, 2015 07:34:00 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Ohio State WR Devin Smith as the No. 3 available player heading into Day 2 and Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees him as the No. 19 prospect on the board.

McShay has long been higher on Smith than industry consensus. "Smith was the best vertical receiver in college football last season, and he projects as an elite deep threat in the NFL with his combination of route-running savvy, top-end speed, body control and ball skills," he wrote. "He was less consistent on short and intermediate routes, and his effort and toughness are question marks." We rank Smith as the No. 42 overall player in this class. "The definition of a role player," Norris wrote. "No receiver in this class is better at combining straight line speed, vertical jump timing and strong hands to win downfield. He will really stress defenses in the deeper portions of the field. Also a very good special teamer. Question is if his receiving game grows beyond where it is now."
Fri, May 1, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith visited the Cowboys, Dolphins, 49ers, Saints and Panthers, according to Aaron Wilson.

All of these names are fascinating, especially the Panthers and Cowboys at the end of round one. We doubt Smith ends up in the first round unless it is with the Baltimore Ravens, but Smith won't be waiting long in the second round. Smith is a role player right now, purely a vertical threat who succeeds at the catch point. But the question is if he can expand his game beyond that.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 01:28:00 PM

The theory that Ohio State WR Devin Smith can do nothing but run fast is flawed, according CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"There is a perception that he is just a speed guy, which isn't true," Prisco wrote. "Yes, he can fly. And that's a big plus. But he's tough and I think he will develop into a solid No. 2 receiver for a team. Speed can't be taught." Amongst those disagreeing is's Frank Cooney, who recently wrote that Smith "is unproven as a route-runner" outside of fly routes.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 08:19:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith "is unproven as a route-runner" outside of fly routes, according to's Frank Cooney.

Smith's collegiate stats more or less back up the assertion. He had 121 catches for 2,503 yards -- averaging 20.7 yards per catch -- and 30 touchdowns. Cooney's colleague Dane Brugler agrees, saying that Smith is a "frustrating prospect because he shows the striding speed to stretch the field, but (has) 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. His speed is mostly straight-line and his lean frame looks near maxed out." Smith posted a 4.42 forty at the combine (it was in the mid 4.3s on hand-held watches). "Smith has speed to kill and if he can learn to use it consistently he will murder some defenses," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith "was the best downfield receiver in all of college football last season," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He has sprinter's speed (4.42 40-yard dash) with great burst off the line and a second gear to out-run defensive backs, he uses subtle head and shoulder fakes to help gain separation, he excels at tracking the deep ball and he has impressive body control to shield himself from defenders and come down with the catch," McShay wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 05:16:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees six receivers going in Round 1.

That number would be the highest since 2009. Davis himself has five WRs going in Round 1 in his most recent mock draft, but he thinks one more will sneak in before all is said and done. "The first-round WRs in my mock are Alabama's Amari Cooper, Louisville's DeVante Parker, West Virginia's Kevin White, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong and UCF's Breshad Perriman," Davis wrote. "Colleague Lance Zierlein has those five WRs coming off the board before pick No. 20 in his latest mock. If those five come flying off the board that fast, would the WR-needy Ravens go for a pass-catcher like Ohio State's Devin Smith at No. 26?"
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 06:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that the Dallas Cowboys had Ohio State WR Devin Smith in for an official visit on Thursday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat could be a nice fit for the Cowboys offense, across the way from WR Dez Bryant. If the the Cowboys are looking for a wideout who can stretch the field and open things up for Romo, Smith could make sense. The Ohio state prospect posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 02:08:00 PM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score grades Ohio State WR Devin Smith as the No. 6 receiver.

"Smith had only 33 receptions as a junior. However, when he caught the ball, he made big plays, averaging 20.7 yards per reception and scoring a touchdown on more than a third of his passes," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. The Playmaker model compared Smith as a prospect to Mike Wallace and Javon Walker. Scouts Inc. ranks Smith as the No. 25 overall prospect in the class. The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat runs a 4.4 forty.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:20:00 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes Ohio State WR Devin Smith is an ideal Round 1 fit for the Eagles.

The Eagles, of course, are looking for a starter after the departure of Jeremy Maclin to Kansas City. Philadelphia picks No. 20. "[Smith] is an elite downfield threat and his best fit is with a vertical passing team, he is a more well-rounded receiver than he's given credit for, and he flashes the ability to ruin pursuit angles when he catches a seam as a runner," Weidl wrote. "Philly may be better suited to wait until the second or third rounds to land a receiver, as this class has good depth at the position, but Smith is an intriguing option at No. 20." The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat runs a 4.4 forty.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 08:37:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin reports that Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has had formal meetings with 18 teams, three since the combine."

While the 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat gets knocked for not being a complete receiver, his draft stock still remains intact. The Buckeyes' wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. Anytime you can average 28.2 yards per catch, teams at the next level will take notice. Smith has borderline first to second round potential in this year's draft.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith spent "a lot of time" with the Cleveland Browns last week, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

With Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Brian Hartline sitting atop the WR depth chart, the Browns desperately need fortification on the outside. Smith isn't the go-to receiver they need, but he could turn into a dangerous second banana due to his wheels. At his pro day, Smith didn't run the 40, though he did participate in position drills. Smith announced he worked on his route running and running underneath patterns in order to prove he was more than just a fly route receiver. "I'm told there was just one drop from Smith, but overall, he looked good," Pauline wrote. Smith collected 121 receptions for 2,503 yards (20.7) and 30 scores across his collegiate career, and averaged a ridiculous 28.2 yards per catch (12 touchdowns) on 33 catches in 2014.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 01:14:00 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ohio State WR Devin Smith is "probably not as fast as (Miami's) Mike Wallace."

"A vertical receiver," the scout said. "That's where he's at his best. Hands are average. Route running was average. But a really good stretch-the-field vertical type." Smith collected 121 receptions for 2,503 yards (20.7) and 30 scores across his collegiate career, and averaged a ridiculous 28.2 yards per catch (12 touchdowns) on 33 catches in 2014. He boasts 4.42 speed.
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 04:00:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that Ohio State WR Devin Smith "didn't measure as big as he plays" at the combine.

Smith checked in at 6-foot and under 200 pounds. "Smith is plenty fast (4.42) and has down-the-field credentials, where he flat dominated at the catch point last season," Kiper wrote. "If you ran a reel for Smith's best catches, you'd assume he was 6-3." Smith was hoping to run the 40 in the 4.3s. He'll get another chance at Ohio State's pro day.
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 07:00:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith's disappointing 40 time on Saturday was a result of a sluggish first 10 yards, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Smith, expected to finish with a time in the 4.3s or even 4.2s, ran forty times of 4.42 and 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I spoke with people from Smith’s camp who told me the problem was all in the initial ten yards," Pauline wrote. "Throughout combine training Smith had been clocking 1.45-seconds in his ten time but yesterday for some reason he ran 1.55’s. The one-tenth difference kept Smith out of the 4.3’s. It’ll be interesting to see what happens during the Buckeyes pro-day." The slower-than-expected time could keep Smith, a burner, out of the first round.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 08:36:00 PM