Devin Smith, WR

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Massillon, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 196 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.422.59-10 39-4.15-
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.591.5610 3910'2"4.15-

Player Overview

A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Smith collected offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and other Midwest schools, but once Ohio State offered him a scholarship, it was a done deal.

With Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey off to the NFL, he received early playing time as a true freshman in 2011 and despite recording only 14 catches for 294 yards, it was the only season in his career that he led the Buckeyes in receptions. Smith became a full-time starter in 2012, recording 30 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns. He tallied a career-high 44 receptions for 660 yards and eight scores as a junior, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

Smith averaged 28.2 yards per catch as a senior with 931 receiving yards on 33 grabs, leading the Big Ten with 12 receiving touchdowns, although he was only recognized with All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Legit vertical speed to be a "go route" tormentor - averaged one touchdown every 4.0 catches in college...gliding strides to stretch the field with take-it-the-distance acceleration...plant-and-drive burst with strong cuts and lower body explosion...tracks very well, using body angles to box out and gain correct positioning downfield...quick hands to pluck, extending his catch radius beyond others with his size.

Acrobatic ballskills to make highlight-reel grabs...flexible joints with the body control to make natural adjustments...excellent special teams player and often the first down the field on punt coverages - gains free release and speeds down the field with conviction...starred for three years on the Ohio State track & field team - qualified for NCAA regionals with a 7-0.25 high jump, which ranks top-five in school history...finished among the FBS leaders in 2014 with a 28.2 yards per catch average (also a single season school record) and leaves Columbus fifth in school history in career receiving yards (2,503).

WEAKNESSES: Lean body type with wiry muscle tone...field fast with light feet, but looks mechanical when asked to move laterally...doesn't set up defenders in his routes and lacks diverse stem releases...wild footwork in his patterns and lacks control in his movements, making him most effective in a straight-line - unpolished as an underneath target and struggles to sink and separate in his breaks.

Inconsistent hands and drops too many easy throws with streaky focus...tracks the ball well, but late to adjust and attack if the ball doesn't hit him in stride...will get pushed around and too easily re-routed and knocked off his path...averaged only 2.2 catches per game as a senior and his limitations kept him from being an every-down receiver.

SUMMARY: Although he's a one-trick pony right now, Smith is really talented at that one trick, using his striding speed to stretch the field and be a difference-maker on vertical routes - Ohio high school state champion in the 100-meter dash (10.56). He is most effective on downfield routes and defenses must respect that, but is limited everywhere else on offense with shaky hands and a raw route tree, struggling to smoothly transition at the top of his patterns or set up his breaks.

Although his game lacks polish, Smith brings special teams value as a gunner and he should contribute immediately as a nine route monster - time will tell if he can break through and be more than that.

--Dane Brugler

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