DeVonta Smith’s speed explained by former Eagles WR Jason Avant

DeVonta Smith did not work out at the Alabama pro day during this pre-draft process so we don’t have any test numbers for the Eagles’ No. 10 pick.

How fast is Smith?

Well, the short answer is fast enough to consistently pull away from SEC defensive backs on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy as a senior.

It’s also probably safe to say that even if Smith had run the 40-yard dash at his pro day, his result wouldn’t have blown anyone away. His former teammate Henry Ruggs III ran a 4.27 last year, but that’s not the type of speed Smith has.

Devonta was high-4.4 range for NFL scouts at pro-day spring of his sophomore year. If a GM lets Smith’s 40 time influence where the team has him stacked on the board he should lose his job.

— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 1, 2021

The combination of a lack of size (Smith is tall at 6-foot, but just 166 pounds) and a lack of that top 40-yard speed might be a scary one. After all, when you think about the success of light receivers, they often have impressive 40 times. Think about guys like DeSean Jackson and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

But don’t get it wrong. Smith has speed. It’s just a different kind of speed.

And former Eagles receiver Jason Avant did a great job recently breaking down the type of speed Smith has. Not only…

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