DeVonta Smith not worried about difference between NFL and college

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Wide receiver DeVonta Smith’s size didn’t keep him from being a productive player at Alabama and he doesn’t see why it would hinder him in the NFL.

Smith revealed on Monday that he weighs 170 pounds, which is about the same as he weighed while he was winning the Heisman Trophy last season. At the same press conference, Smith told reporters that he doesn’t expect the transition to the professional ranks to cause him any great difficulty.

“I feel like it’s not going to be any different than college. I have played in the SEC. I feel like it’s the toughest conference there is,” Smith said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. “I know a lot of people that are bigger than me that have more problems than me, so I’m not worried about it at all.”

Some teams may have more concern than Smith about what the next level holds, but it will only take one team that shares his view for Smith to come off the board early in April.

8 responses to “DeVonta Smith not worried about difference between NFL and college

  1. I know the SEC is all about how tough the SEC is, but that’s just self-promotion. It’s no different than any of the other major conferences, and I would argue that the Big10 and ACC are stronger conferences, overall.

    Smith is really good and really fast but at 170 lbs he’s gonna get snapped in half in the NFL.

  2. Same size as Desean Jackson…Jackson has been injured the past few years, but never due to size

  3. “I feel like it’s not going to be any different than college. I have played in the SEC.”
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    That’s hilarious. SEC competition is nowhere near the level of PROFESSIONAL football. Every single NFL cornerback is big and just as fast. Any prospect with an ounce of intelligence knows the NFL is a whole different world and should be spending time getting ready instead of “feeling” it’s going to be easy.

  4. I could see him slipping into the late teens to early 20’s. His size is going to hurt his stock a little.

  5. He’s a thin wide receiver without blazing speed, he was expected to run 4.4 or 4.5 in the 40, and yet it’s his delusion that college success predicts pro success is probably his biggest flaw. The SEC does have lots of talent, but they’re still playing against other college players, the vast majority of which won’t get a sniff at the pro level.
    If he doesn’t bulk up he won’t have a long career.

  6. I always hate to see rookies make this naive claim. Even is the SEC, a player may face a defense with at most 2 or 3 NFL starters. At most, he may go up against one or two NFL caliber starting corners a season. In the NFL, he will be facing teams with 11 NFL starters and every corner is an NFL level player. Guys with his attitude almost always get a rude rude awakening.

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