NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

2021 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

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2. DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Size: 6-0, 170

The Good: Everyone gameplanned for him and it didn’t matter a lick.

Ohio State has NFL guys in its secondary and Smith looked like he was catching passes against air. Florida was loaded up to take him out of the SEC Championship, and he caught three touchdown passes. The Bama offense lost Jaylen Waddle, and Smith was even more productive even with all of the attention.

He might be thin, but he’s tough, he’ll battle for the ball, and he’s a flawless route runner to go along with just enough speed to always be open.

He catches everything, he’s consistent in every way, and he’s got the burst to make things happen on the move. Best of all, he’s as dependable as a receiver gets. In every way he’s a No. 1 wide receiver without the diva gene – think Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson, only a whole lot smaller and thinner.

The Not-So-Good: The wiry frame really is a concern. He was durable at Bama and played through bumps and bruises … right up until he took a big shot and got knocked out of the national championship with a hand injury. That might have been bad luck and could’ve happened to any receiver, but that’s the worry.

What happens when someone tees off on him? How will he handle the bigger and more physical NFL corners? Obviously he’s an amazing talent, but compared to the other top receivers in this year’s class, he doesn’t have any one ridiculous physical trait, except …

NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: You don’t produce like he did in as many big games and big moments as he had without having some other thing that others don’t.

He might be too thin, and he’s going to get bounced around, but try covering him. Try reading his route and making up for the precision he brings. Yeah, it would nice if he was 6-3, 210, but he’s more than wonderful as is.

Projected Round: First

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