DeVonta Smith
DeVonta Smith isn’t letting the doubters get to him, he laughs at their criticism of his size. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

DeVonta Smith Laughs At People Who Question His Size

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and DeVonta Smith will more than likely be hearing his name on draft night in the first round. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner is projected to be a top ten selection, and his impressive 117 catches, 1,856 receiving yards, and 23 receiving touchdowns in 2020 are only helping to solidify that projection. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and had a rushing touchdown as well.

The only issue that can be found with Smith is his size, I wouldn’t even call it an issue but more something that makes some people scared. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has dismissed concerns about Smith’s weight, he said Smith’s play speaks for itself and it truly does.

Smith says he weighs 170 pounds, and now he isn’t concerned about his size either. That wasn’t always the case. During an interview with Master Tesfatsion, Smith talked about how in high school he began doing 100 pushups a day in an attempt to get bigger. He even just randomly started doing pushups during class!

In high school I used to feel some type of way when people would tell me that [I was small]. But now, I really don’t care. If somebody says that, I’m just gonna look at them and laugh. I mean, it is what it is. At the end of the day, I know when I get on the field and lineup, I’ll do what I gotta do.

– DeVonta Smith about his size during the interview with Master Tesfatsion.

Smith also said how he has been able to take advantage of defenders underestimating him because of his size, or lack thereof.

I feel like some people approach it [thinking]. ‘Oh he’s too little, so it ain’t much I gotta do,’ But then when we get out there, it’s a whole different story. It’s not what they expected. So now it’s like, they’ve gotta react to me.

– DeVonta Smith during his interview with Master Tesfatsion

In football, people tend to underestimate you if you look smaller. DeVonta Smith used that to his advantage. He didn’t let his lack of size stop him from being a stud in college, and he won’t let it stop him from being very good in the NFL. His game should translate well to the pros.

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