NFL Draft 2015: The Experts Weigh In on Devin Smith

By Alan Schechter

Devin Smith is your newest member of the New York Jets. The experts have weighed in, and, like the fans, the reviews have been pretty good.

First, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gave the Jets an “A”:

They needed a speed receiver to stretch the field and this kid can fly. He is not a one-trick pony either.

Mike Mayack gave the pick similar approval:

“I like this pick. This guy tracks the football deep as well as any wide receiver in this draft. He has 4.4 speed. It seemed like every catch he made this year was for a touchdown.

And here is what ESPN had to say:

What he brings: Smith was the best vertical receiver in college football last season, and he projects as an elite deep threat in the NFL with his combination of route-running savvy, top-end speed, body control and ball skills. He was less consistent on short and intermediate routes, and his effort and toughness are question marks.

How he fits: The Jets find a vertical receiver here who can stretch the field and create space for newly acquired WR Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to work underneath. Smith’s ability to be a big-play threat will also help prevent defenses from consistently dropping a safety in the box to defend the run game. First-year general manager Mike Maccagnan has now surrounded Geno Smith with plenty of weapons, and the Jets will quickly find out if he is the QB of the future next season.

So, everybody loves Devin Smith. Can’t wait to watch him play.

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