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Devin Smith | Wide Receiver

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

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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. Mar 1 - 4:00 PM

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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.
Feb 28 - 7:00 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.
Feb 22 - 8:36 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith ran forty times of 4.42 and 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We think these disappointing times -- Smith had reportedly run a 4.33 forty in the past, was hoping to clock in the 4.3s, and had "a chance to run in the 4.2 range," according to ESPN's Todd McShay -- might end the receiver's dream of going in Round 1. That said, Smith is still ticketed for no worse than a Round 2 selection. "He tracks the deep ball as well as any college wide receiver I've seen in years," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
Feb 21 - 10:50 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has a chance to run in the 4.2 range," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's a track guy, participating in the high jump and 4x100-meter relay for the Buckeyes, and his speed translates well to the football field," McShay wrote. "I think he was a bit overlooked in terms of how important he was to OSU's success this season, as he was the best downfield threat in college football." Smith has run a reported 4.33 forty. He was Ohio's high school long jumping champion and also ran a 10.56 100-meter dash. Smith is a potential Round 1 pick if he singes the track in Indy.
Feb 17 - 9:33 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith is a "smooth speed merchant with instant gas off the line," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Electrifying foot quickness," Zierlein wrote. "Game-breaking speed with necessary feel of a downfield receiver. ... Smith isn't just combine-fast, he's game-fast and he would have had more than 12 touchdown catches during the 2014 season if he didn't have to slow down and wait on throws so often." Smith has run a reported 4.33 forty. He was Ohio's high school long jumping champion and also ran a 10.56 100-meter dash. ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have Smith slotted into Round 1 in their mock drafts.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:30 PM

In addition to his 40 speed, Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has the lower body explosion that will test well with the vertical and broad jump tests," noted CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He was the state of Ohio's long jump champ out of high school, also running a 10.56 100-meter dash," Brugler wrote. Smith has the type of wheels that make evaluators salivate. He plays like DeSean Jackson, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay currently have Smith slotted into Round 1 in their mock drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 8:47 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper mocked Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith to the Chiefs at pick No. 18.

"Everybody knows this is an area where the Chiefs need to upgrade," Kiper wrote. "You can say all you want about Alex Smith's ability to deliver the ball down the field, but he's going to be the QB in 2015; the Chiefs know they can win with him, and they need to give him another weapon. Devin Smith is a guy that probably wasn't utilized as much as he would have been in some other offenses, but he was an often dynamic deep threat for the Buckeyes -- a player who has a knack for the big catch, especially when he has to fight for the ball. He's got good speed, he can stretch the field, and he plays bigger than his listed size on contested balls. The Chiefs could go a few ways here if they simply want to add a weapon, but Devin Smith would make sense." The big-play wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, while leading the leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. Smith plays like DeSean Jackson, believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Feb 12 - 12:13 AM

OSU WR Devin Smith is "just unreliable on non-vertical patterns," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Spending a lot of time on WR Devin Smith today. I understand the appeal, but just unreliable on non-vertical patterns. High ceiling role WR," Brugler tweeted. The big-play wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, while leading the leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. While some may question other parts of Smith's game, his deep-threat ability may make up for those weaknesses. Brugler noted in another tweet that if you "need a deep threat he fits," but if you're looking for more from Smith, he "won't fit if you want more."
Feb 9 - 4:07 PM

OSU WR Devin Smith was selected by the 49ers with the No. 15 pick in Todd McShay's mock draft.

Consider us floored that Smith's stock continues to rise like this. As with everyone else, we love Smith's deep-ball ability, but his one-dimensional game, it says here, doesn't belong in the opening stanza. "This is early for Smith -- he's our No. 26 overall player -- but the Niners need a receiver who can stretch the field vertically and nobody in college football did that better during the second half of the season than Smith (especially when big-armed Cardale Jones was throwing him the ball)," McShay wrote. "He has excellent speed, subtle moves as a deep route runner that allow him to create separation, and his body control when tracking the deep ball is outstanding. San Francisco could also look to address its O-line or defensive front in the first round."
Feb 5 - 11:07 PM

OSU WR Devin Smith plays like DeSean Jackson, thinks NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Smith might not be quite as fast as Jackson, but he's very fast," Zierlein wrote. "His ability to track the ball deep and consistently take the top off a defense is very reminiscent of Jackson." ESPN's duo of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both rank Smith as a first-rounder because of his deep ball ability. Lacking multiple tricks, we aren't as optimistic about Smith's value.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 8:38 PM

OSU WR Devin Smith "proved that he could be as effective on shorter passes by breaking off his routes quickly on digs and comebacks [at Senior Bowl] practice," noted The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Smith also demonstrated his passion for the game by delivering a massive hit on kickoff coverage on Saturday," Rybaltowski wrote. It was vitally important for Smith to prove that he wasn't a one-trick pony last week, and he did so. Some analysts rate Smith as a first-rounder. He posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Jan 26 - 10:23 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranks OSU WR Devin Smith as the No. 23 overall prospect int eh 2015 class.

This is one spot above fellow receiver Devin Funchess. We think Smith is much more role and scheme reliant than Jeremiah appears to. Some team might draft him appropriately as just a vertical threat who can win in contested situations. Others might select him as a No. 2 receiver who is asked to win at multiple levels. We think, right now, the former is his real value.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 9:52 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "reminds me of the Ravens' Torrey Smith for his abilities as a deep threat, only he has better ball skills."

"He's at his best on fades, deep posts and post corners," McShay wrote. "He possesses excellent body control and also does a great job tracking the ball vertically. I think Smith is a top-40 pick in this year's draft. I would like to see some improvement from him as an intermediate route runner." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper mocked Smith to the Seahawks at pick No. 32. We love Smith's deep ball ability, but question the optimism, as Smith didn't show much on non-schoolyard routes. He posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Jan 21 - 12:21 AM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "has been very inconsistent on non-vertical routes and needs to prove himself as more than just a downfield target," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The analyst calls Smith a "nine route monster" and "one of the best deep threats in college football." But he, as do we, has questions about other aspects of Smith's game. On the other side of this debate are ESPN's duo of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, both of whom rank Smith as a first-rounder. We'll have clarity soon. Smith posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 10:30 PM