The Alabama Crimson Tide took down the Ohio State Buckeyes in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship, 52-24, winning their 18th national title and regaining their status as the top college football team in the country. Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith put on a show with 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone.
Smith exited the game early in the third with a hand injury and did not return, so he wasn’t able to add on to that ridiculous first-half performance. Imagine what he could have done if he played the whole game.
Despite barely playing the second half, Smith won offensive MVP honors for his performance and set a CFP record for catches in a national title game. The stud wide receiver finished his incredible season with 117 catches, 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The sky is the limit for wide receiver, who will enter the 2021 NFL Draft as one of the top prospects on the board. Here are five NFL teams that could really use someone like DeVonta Smith in the draft.
5. Washington Football Team
The only way this happens is if Washington decides to trade up in the draft, which is very possible. Sitting at pick No. 19, the chances of getting Smith are slim to none.
Adding DeVonta Smith to this roster would finally give them some depth at the wide receiver position. Putting Smith opposite Terry McLaurin would make for a dangerous duo.
4. New York Giants
If DeVonta Smith somehow falls to pick No. 11, the Giants should most definitely take him. Daniel Jones has been working with a very average receiving corps since he has been in the NFL, and it would be nice to have a legitimate WR1 back in New York after the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. a few years ago.
Smith and Saquon Barkley together would be a dream come true for Giants fans.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have the fifth pick, which means they may be out of range to take Oregon LT Penei Sewell. With the best offensive lineman off the board, the Bengals could take Smith here to give Joe Burrow one of the best young wide receiver duos in the NFL along with Tee Higgins.
Burrow is an LSU guy, so if Ja’Marr Chase is on the board still, the Bengals might be swayed into picking him over Smith. Given Smith’s production this year at Alabama, it would be hard to pass up on him for another receiver, though it should be noted that Smith put up similar numbers in 2019 before opting out of this season.
Still, the Bengals would make their offense dynamic with DeVonta Smith in the mix.
2. Miami Dolphins
At pick No. 3, the Dolphins are likely going to take Penei Sewell to protect Tua Tagovailoa. But in the case Sewell goes second, the Dolphins may be in a position to take DeVonta Smith. Or perhaps Miami just takes Smith third regardless of the top two picks.
Tua’s struggles do raise some concerns, but if they decide to stick with the Alabama QB, a great way to help his development would be to bring in his star wide receiver from college.
Smith would assert himself as the team’s clear No. 1 wideout and make a 10-6 squad better by leaps and bounds.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Sitting at pick No. 6, the Eagles could look at a quarterback if they want to move on from Carson Wentz and don’t believe in Jalen Hurts. If they decide to roll with Hurts, the best thing to do is to go out and grab him his former Alabama teammate in DeVonta Smith.
This would give the Eagles a legitimate WR1 and make them far more dangerous on the offensive side of the ball.