How well will DeVonta Smith's game translate to the NFL? Tua Tagovailoa believes the 'Slim Reaper' will have no issues
Now is the time of the year where elite college prospects tend to be picked apart.
Whether the criticisms from NFL draft evaluators are real or not, you have to take into consideration some of the comments being thrown out could be from teams hoping for a player to fall in the draft so they can select them, no prospect is immune from second-guessing.
Even a player as dominant as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith.
After hauling in 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns playing an exclusively SEC schedule before playing in the College Football Playoff, there are some doubting whether Smith has the frame to play at the game’s highest level. This comes despite a single season worth of production that dwarfs what many receivers accomplish during their entire careers.
Either way, Tua Tagovailoa isn’t buying it.
The Miami quarterback has a history of throwing touchdown passes to Smith and could soon be doing so again in the near future as the Dolphins own the No. 3 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
So what does Tua make of the knocks on Smith?
“I think his transition to the next level will be kinda … slim to none,” Tagovailoa said according to Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports. “In a way where it won’t be much changing. I think the competition will be different for him obviously, but he will be more than fine. I know a lot of people say he’s too small or too skinny, but his film speaks for itself.
“He goes out and takes care of his business, does what he needs to do. They don’t call him the ‘Slim Reaper’ for no reason.”
If the Dolphins ask Tagovailoa who they should select at No. 3, that was a pretty good hint at the suggestion he would make.