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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft DeVonta Smith

Devon Platana
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith is being touted as one of the better pass-catching prospects in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

Smith spent four seasons with Alabama, making 235 receptions for 3,965 receiving yards and 46 touchdowns. He's been on multiple All-SEC teams, won several individual awards, and helped the Crimson Tide win two national championships, including one in 2020 when he was named the CFP National Championship Offensive MVP.

Any team that drafts Smith could have a potential superstar on their hands. With that being said, here are three teams that are most likely to draft him next week.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 12)

The Philadelphia Eagles need a playmaker in their offense and Smith could be that guy. Unless something changes, the Eagles' top receivers are Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward. With all due respect, the team needs better than that to win meaningful games. The team averaged just 207.9 passing yards per game in 2020 (28th), so Smith would be more than a positive addition.

2. Carolina Panthers (No. 8)

While there have been rumors that the Carolina Panthers could trade the No. 8 pick, they could also hold on to it and draft Smith if they think he's the best player available. With Sam Darnold being the new quarterback in town, the Panthers should want to surround him with as much talent as possible. Yes, Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore are good NFL receivers, but neither man has Smith's ceiling which could help the team be successful for years to come.

3. Detroit Lions (No. 7)

The Detroit Lions have a big hole to fill at the wide receiver position after both Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay left in the offseason. They brought in Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams as replacements, but neither player has ever been a No. 1 wide receiver. If the Lions keep their pick and don't draft a quarterback, a guy like Smith could help Jared Goff produce in his first season in Detroit. It may also help the fans forget about the disappointing loss of Jones and Golladay.


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