Devin Smith Film Breakdown, Part 2
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes receiver Devin Smith (9) celebrates during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Plays like this one is what makes Devin Smith in intriguing prospect. He’s a big-time deep ball threat.
As shown in a previous clip already, Smith is great at tracking the ball in air. He also has outstanding leaping ability, and although he is a smaller WR, he uses his body well to shield defensive backs.
Once again, Smith makes a big-time play down the field. This is his bread and butter.
Another view of the previous play. Smith uses a nice move to create some space, and hangs onto the football through the contact.
This is one of the two most common routes that Smith ran at Ohio State: a Hitch. Because he is such a deep threat, this route comes easy for Smith.
Cornerbacks tend to play him off the line, giving him a ton of space to work with. He has the ability to stop on a dime, and then pickup additional yards after the catch.
It may look relatively easy on tape, but catches like this one are important. Smith has to make the grab with his arms extended, and reel it in safely while being tackled.
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