Smith has very good speed which allows him to get past defenders deep down the field. His speed also allows him to gain lots of yards after the catch on underneath routes, slants, etc.
He has sound hands with a solid catch radius. Although he does a good job making some contested catches, he can work on adjusting to underthrown balls and some concentration drops.
Smith can run a variety of routes effectively. Utilizing his speed, agility, and quickness, he is able to create a lot of separation from anywhere on the field.
He generally does a good job high pointing passes down the field and can go up well for his size. However, his size still limits his vertical ability at times and he needs to work on coming back to make catches on underthrown balls down the field.
Run after Catch
Between his elusiveness and speed, Smith does a fantastic job of generating RAC. He has an extra gear that allows him to take short passes and turn them into big gains.
Catching in Traffic
Smith does a good job making catches with defenders on his back, but can struggle in true jump ball situations. He usually creates enough separation to have uncontested catches.
Big Play Ability
Averaging over 18 yards per catch, Smith is a threat for a big play whenever he is on the field. His speed, route running, and RAC abilities allow him to find lots of space across the field and take it the distance. This was especially evident vs LSU and Ole Miss in 2019.
Smith's route running and speed allows him to get open deep and rip off long gains. He does a good job high pointing some passes as well.
Over the Middle
Though he has the ability to break off long plays up the middle on short routes, his thinner frame makes it easier for bigger more physical defenders to tackle him if he cannot get past initially.
Devonta Smith has top end route running and speed which allows him to be an extremely productive receiver for the Crimson Tide. Additionally, he has sound hands and can high point balls down the field. He's very versatile which allows him to line up outside, in the slot, and even in the backfield. Overall, Smith is a well rounded receiver.
Smith has a lean frame that limits his abilities in more physical situations. This limits his run blocking capabilities and can hinder his ability to get off the line vs elite pressing corners. Additionally, Smith can improve on adjusting to balls in the air down the field.
After a breakthrough 2019 season with 1256 yards and 14 TDs, Smith is poised for a big year in 2020 with a chance to solidify himself as a high draft pick. Though, it will be interesting to see if he is able to find as much space in 2020 without first round picks Ruggs and Jeudy on the field with him. He has the makeup of a well rounded wide receiver who could fit into any offense.
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