There is no debate that the Philadelphia Eagles will need improved production from the wide receiver position if they want to make the playoffs next season. In fact, Philadelphia had the seventh-lowest receiving yards total by an NFL team in 2020 with just 3,728 in 16 regular season games.
The team wasted no time addressing the issue this offseason by using the No. 10 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Smith's exceptional route-running skills gives him a lot of upside in the NFL and fans got their first look at the young pass-catcher at rookie minicamp this past week.
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Not much can be taken from a quick out route video, but it has been a while since the Eagles had this much youth and potential on offense. Smith joins a young group of skill position players including a pair of second-year players in wide receiver Jalen Reagor and quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Smith was the definition of reliability and consistency in college. He excelled in his final year with the Crimson Tide hauling in 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games played in 2020. Smith also became the first wide receiver since 1991 to win the Heisman Trophy award and uses a combination of speed and cuts to get open anywhere on the field.
Despite Smith's advantageous situation, he is tied for just the 10th-highest odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the year award at +1700, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. He is a player to keep an eye on and one that could exceed expectations during the next NFL season.
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