Audition for the Dolphins? DeVonta Smith accepts invitation to 2021 NFL Senior Bowl
Following arguably the most impressive season ever produced by a college receiver, DeVonta Smith has little to prove to the NFL.
Even so, the 2021 NFL Senior Bowl announced on Monday that Smith has accepted an invitation to participate in the pre-draft event.
Given that Smith just won the Heisman Trophy after catching 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns for the undefeated national champions, he could simply rest on his accolades and wait around for the upcoming draft.
Instead, Smith plans to go up against some of the best cornerbacks and safeties the college game has to offer during the upcoming event in Mobile.
That pretty much says it all about Smith and his love for the game and willingness to do what is asked of him in order to showcase his skill for the NFL.
In case you were unaware, the Senior Bowl is annually coached by two coaching staffs from the NFL. This year, it’s the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers coaches that will be serving as the event’s staffers.
While Smith is certainly a lock to go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, getting an opportunity to work with coaches from the Dolphins, which own the No. 3 and No. 18 picks, and Panthers, which own the No. 8 pick, could prove to be a massive incentive for the Alabama receiver to work in the game.
Who knows, Smith could reunite with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami — the two have connected on a few big plays during their careers, include a memorable 2nd and 26 play — which would result in a huge payday for the receiver.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is guaranteed a contract worth nearly $33 million while the contract for the No. 8 pick is worth around $22 million.
If you are wondering why Smith would participate in an event like the 2021 Senior Bowl, there’s your answer.