Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith was selected with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday. Here’s who drafted him, what Smith’s 40 time is, and if he’s played with Jalen Hurts before.
Where did DeVonta Smith get drafted to?
The Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles traded up with the Dallas Cowboys to move from No. 12 to No. 10 to select Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
They dealt the 12th (1st) and 84th (3rd) overall picks to the Cowboys to move up two spots.
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How old is DeVonta Smith?
DeVonta Smith was born on November 14, 1998, in Amite City, Louisiana.
He is 22 years old.
DeVonta Smith’s college career
DeVonta Smith played college football at the University of Alabama.
As a true freshman at Alabama in 2017, Smith had eight receptions for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
In the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship against Georgia, Smith had the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime to give Alabama the 26–23 victory.
He had 42 receptions for 693 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. In his junior year, he had 68 receptions for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns.
As a senior at Alabama in 2020, Smith led the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff National Championship.
The WR produced 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns including a 12-215-3 performance in just the first half of the title game against the Buckeyes.
For his achievements, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy, as well as being named “Associated Press College Football Player of the Year”, “Unanimous All-American”, “SEC Offensive Player of the Year”, and “2x First Team All-SEC”.
He was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard in 1991 and only the fourth overall.
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What is DeVonta Smith’s 40 time?
In March, DeVonta Smith told reporters he would not participate in on-field drills at Alabama’s Pro Day.
This included the 40-yard dash, meaning DeVonta Smith has no official 40 time.
However, back in 2018, Smith and Henry Ruggs III had a friendly argument over who was faster. Smith declared he would win the 40-yard dash and 200-meter race, while he said Ruggs would take the 100 meters.
According to a couple of his former teammates and spring testing in recent years, Smith has clocked a time between 4.30 and 4.50 in the 40.
DeVonta Smith height, weight and wingpsan
DeVonta Smith is listed as 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).
His leaked Combine weight of 166 pounds, taken from the medical combine held in Indianapolis earlier in April, was considerably less than the 175 pounds listed on Alabama’s roster last season.
In March, Smith said he weighed 170 pounds in media interviews during Alabama’s pro day.
His weight issues followed Smith throughout the draft process as teams debated how he’d hold up in the NFL.
Smith has a hand size of 9 3/8 inches, an arm length of 31.5 inches and a wingspan of 78.5 inches.
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How did Devonta Smith get his nickname?
DeVonta Smith’s nickname is “Slim Reaper”.
Smith earned the nickname at Alabama for his small, thin frame, athletic ability, and consistent production that led to a record-breaking college career.
Did Jalen Hurts play with DeVonta Smith?
Yes, Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith played together as former college teammates at Alabama.
However, Hurts’ last year as the full-time starter at Alabama was in 2017, when Smith was a freshman who didn’t play much.
Hurts was the backup for most of 2018 before transferring to Oklahoma.
Now, the two will be reuniting in Philadelphia for the Eagles.
After being drafted on Thursday, Smith was asked about Hurts and was quick to reference his former Alabama teammate playing an integral role in him landing in Tuscaloosa.