2021 NFL Draft: DeVonta Smith and others who boosted stock in 2020

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DeVonta Smith, 2021 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

2021 NFL Draft: DeVonta Smith and others who boosted stock in 2020.

One of the most ridiculous first halves of a National Championship game was put on Monday night by Alabama wide receiver, Heisman winner, and 2021 NFL Draft prospect DeVonta Smith.

In the first half against Ohio State, Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. His most impressive grab of the night came early in the second quarter when he showed great body control to make a clutch catch for a first down.


What was so impressive about Smith’s night was the variety of ways Alabama got him the ball. They used him in several different motions in the game that didn’t allow Ohio State to get a read on where he was going to be. The other thing that truly stood out was just how impressive his route running was and in that he reminds me of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison.

The only downside to his night was a hand injury that cost him to miss the entire second half. If he would not have suffered this injury he easily could have had over three yards in this game.

In terms of where he will go in the 2021 NFL Draft, Smith is currently fighting with LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase to be the top wide receiver drafted. Even if he is the second receiver taken off the board I expect him to be a top-ten pick.

He would make a ton of sense for either the Philadelphia Eagles or Miami Dolphins, as both teams need wide receiver help.

Besides Smith, what other prospects have significantly boosted their stock in the 2020 season?

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