For Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith it’s the more the merrier when considering joining a stacked NFL wide receiver room.
The 49ers may have Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk set as their WR1/WR2 combo, but Smith would welcome the challenge of entering a room with that level of competition. While at Alabama, the Crimson Tide receiver shared the field with Denver Broncos' Jerry Jeudy, Las Vegas Raiders' Henry Ruggs III and likely 2021 first-round pick Jaylen Waddle.
In his Pro Day availability on Monday, Smith noted he is excited and looking forward to getting started at the next level, wherever he lands.
“I think it would be like anywhere you go, playing with some great guys,” Smith said. “Whether it’s guys with a big name or not, there are going to be great receivers there. Just going in, learning what you can from those guys who are around you.”
Being lined up next to NFL-caliber receivers throughout his Alabama career only made Smith better. In his senior season at Alabama, the Louisiana native caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns while also adding one rushing score.
Smith credits the high level of competition at Alabama for helping improve his game. That growth should continue in the NFL.
“It’s great knowing that the guy across from you is just as good as you,” Smith said. “It brings a lot more fun to the game just knowing that you both are out there and you’re going to see some things that he’s going to do that is going to be mind-blowing and it makes you want to go out there and do those same things. It’s exciting.”
The one knock against Smith is his size. After three questions about his weight, the 6-foot-1 wide receiver, who opted out of height and weight measurements at last month’s Senior Bowl, finally revealed he weighed in at Alabama’s Pro Day at 170 pounds.
While Smith plays much bigger than his size, his weight could still be a concern for many NFL teams. However, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is confident he will be able to separate against NFL competition after torching SEC corners in 2021.