Devin Smith just hit the reset button.
This speedy wide receiver from Ohio State is fresh off a national championship win over Oregon nine days ago. Now he’s at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. trying to show all the NFL scouts he’s not a one trick pony. Smith knows he’s more than just a deep threat.
”I know I have a lot to prove,” Smith said. “I want to establish myself as a route runner and that I can do all the things they ask and that I can block. I did all those things on the practice fields at Ohio State. I ran all the routes at Ohio State. But when it came to the games they wanted me to stretch the field. In the games that’s how they used me.”
Smith, 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, has had two good says of practice so far. He has shown the ability in the short and intermediate passing game. Smith has been effective in crossing routes and working the sideline. He has caught the ball well and is working on his blocking on the perimeter.
”We did emphasize that [blocking] at Ohio State,” Smith said. “But they wanted me to use my speed especially when teams were pressing. I would just go and run them off. Here, I want to establish myself and get better in blocker. I want to show them I can learn.”
Smith, who has already spoken with the Eagles, Broncos, Browns, Giants, Texans, Lions and Dolphins, has had a lot to digest. The Buckeyes rolled after their early season loss to Virginia Tech. They beat Michigan State, Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game and then had wins over the Crimson Tide and Ducks to take home the title.
Now he’s battling for the NFL Draft.
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It’s crazy how fast things go, especially in college,” Smith said. “We just had the national championship game and now I am here. Once this is over it’s time for the combine and then the draft. I am just trying to soak it in and enjoy the moment. I am not taking anything for granted.
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