Whether it be a 40-yard dash time, their bench press reps or their broad or vertical jump, numbers often dominate a Buckeye’s efforts at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Devin Smith, however, is an exception to the rule.
It’s understandable why. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and his other numbers were also solid. Thus, when it came to Friday’s pro day event, he wanted to show off his route-running ability in order to prove to critics that he is more than just a deep threat.
“I thought it was very important to go out here and run all of the routes and show them that I’ve improved and I can run all of the routes,” Smith said.
Smith was arguably the top prospect the 76 NFL team representatives who descended on the WHAC were there to see. Several projections have the Massillon (Ohio) Washington product going in the second round of the upcoming NFL draft. Many of the scouts spoke to Smith, including one from the Cleveland Browns shortly before he met with the media on the WHAC’s indoor practice field.
“I’ve got a little meeting with him (scheduled),” Smith said.
Smith, who only spoke with reporters briefly before being pulled away to meet with more scouts, said he is enjoying his post-collegiate career thus far. After helping the Buckeyes claim the inaugural College Football Playoff, Smith participated in the Senior Bowl and then the NFL combine. Now that pro day is over, all that’s left is individual workouts with interested teams.
And the draft itself, of course. It’s scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
“I think the experience was very fun, just to be under that spotlight and be at the combine and be at the Senior Bowl and now the pro day with everybody coming to watch you,” Smith said. “It’s all a blessing, and I’m very excited that I got a chance to do all of it.”