DeVonta smith lands behind Amon-Ra St. Brown in CBS Sports WR Rankings


Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith puts his helmet back on after drinking water during rookie minicamp at the NFL football team’s training facility, Friday, May 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

While the only clear knock on Smith was his strange, ultra-lanky body type, I didn’t see someone with super-twitchy movements after the catch. But that’s it on the negative side. Everything else he was capable of on the football field was spectacular. Releases off the line, effortless separation, a giant catch radius, awesome flexibility to turn the corner like Gumby, and deceptive downfield speed.

Look out for him and 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor as a young, wildly underrated tandem with dangerous juice to generate big plays frequently.

As someone with a reasonable probability to be a top target from Week 1, you’re probably wondering why Smith isn’t higher on this list. I’m not completely sold on his quarterback, Jalen Hurts, as a passer. He still has a long way to go with accuracy, pocket presence, decision-making etc. Smith will be open, frequently. Will he get the ball thrown between the numbers on a consistent basis? Ehhh. That’s why there’ll be other rookie wideouts with better production in 2021.



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