Matt Rhea Reiterates DeVonta Smith’s Strength
The biggest knock on Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith by draft experts heading into the 2021 NFL draft is his small frame. Smith said last week that he currently weighs 170 pounds.
Alabama's Director of Sport Science Matt Rhea released a video just ahead of Alabama's second Pro Day, reiterating the strength that Smith possesses.
In 2020, Smith became the first WR to win the Heisman trophy since Michigan's Desmond Howard won the prestigious award back in 1991. He won virtually every major award he could and was named an unanimous All-American.
There is no denying Smith's production during his four years in Tuscaloosa. He leaves Alabama as the schools all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Smith is also the SEC's all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns. And his 46 touchdowns are the most by a Power 5 receiver in FBS history.
Smith also owns the records for most receptions, touchdowns and yards in a half in a College Football Playoff championship game. He also set an SEC Championship record for receptions with 15 and tied a Rose Bowl record for touchdown catches with three.
After not being expected to take part in Alabama's second pro, Smith decided to run routes for pro teams. With no private workouts allowed this year, today is the final opportunity for NFL teams to see Smith before the draft.
It was reported that Smith is still recovering from the finger injury he suffered in the national championship and that it is still purple.
A number of former and current NFL WR's including, Chad Johnson and Stefon Diggs have spoken up on his behalf. Smith is projected as a first-round pick in next month's NFL draft.