Alabama Heisman winner DeVonta Smith’s weight back in the headlines as NFL Draft approaches

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News
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DeVonta Smith, the Alabama Heisman Trophy winner and projected first-round NFL Draft selection whose weight is more scrutinized than a panda cub at the National Zoo, is back in the news after his official NFL weight was listed at 166 pounds. 

Smith’s relatively slight size has been discussed frequently as the April 29 NFL Draft approaches. Wednesday’s post rekindled much of that debate. 

Smith, meanwhile, was visiting New York on Tuesday.

Smith spoke to the media at Alabama’s Pro Day last month and said he did not see any problem with his size.

"I feel like it's not going to be any different than college," Smith said.. "I have played in the SEC. I feel like it's the toughest conference there is. I know a lot of people that are bigger than me that have more problems than me. So I'm not worried about it at all."

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about Smith’s size by The Tuscaloosa News on March 29.

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"I'll be honest with you, when we recruited DeVonta Smith he weighed 159 pounds,” Saban said. “I wished he was bigger. And now he weighs 170 pounds and I think people at the next level are probably saying 'I wish he was bigger.' But saying all that to say this: there are bigger people who don't perform anywhere near how he performs. There are people that are bigger than him that don't have the competitive spirit that he has nor the competitive toughness.

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a catch behind the Ohio State defense in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

"Tell me how many receivers are tougher than he is — that block better, that play more physical than he does — so I think maybe there's a time when you say, 'This guy really overcomes the fact that he's not the biggest guy in the world and he really plays this game really, really well,'" Saban said.

Smith is one of three Heisman Trophy winners in Alabama history, joining Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015), who have both had stellar NFL careers as running backs. He led the country in receptions (117), receiving touchdowns (23) and receiving yards (1,856) as a part of Alabama’s 2020 CFP national championship team.

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