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The Rise of a Legend: DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

DeVonta Smith the standout wide receiver from the Philadelphia Eagles is a rising star.

In the last couple years DeVonta Smith had become a fan favorite for many people. He has the true values of football in his heart, the raw talent in his veins, and the skilled tactics in his mind.

The way this living legend trains is beyond so many of the other players on the field, and today, we will show you just how this hero rose to the occasion.

The Legend Today

Although DeVonta Smith is a tall man, around the height of 6 foot 1 inch, he doesn’t have the tank build of most football players. But this speedy and agile player doesn’t rely on bringing force to win the game; he instead focuses on tactical maneuvers. 

So far this young lad has tallied up 215 receiving yards along with 3 receiving touchdowns, and these were on just 12 receptions. What makes this even more impressive is that Smith was only featured in the first half of the game! If he had more time, we might have seen even more numbers against his name!

The reason for only playing half a game came from Smith’s injury. He developed a mild grievance on his hand, and was called to the benches to avoid further damage. 

So far, Smith has achieved more than 1,800 receiving yards and 24 receiving touchdowns. This means that he holds the current record for most receiving touchdowns by any SEC player. The person he knocked off the seat was Ja’Marr Chase, who held the record in 2019 for 20 receiving passes.

How DeVonta Smith Started

DeVonta Smith started his football journey in Amite City, Louisiana. He stayed there for a short time and then moved on to Amite High Magnet School. While playing at Amite High, Smith caught the attention of a single college, the University of Alabama.

He was offered a scholarship and soon joined their ranks to play college football. In his first year with the team, DeVonta made a massive impression creating 8 reciptions from 106 yards and a total of 3 touchdowns! This all happened in the year 2017.

In the same season, but the year 2018, Alabama made it to the College Football Playoff National Championships. Their opponent was Georgia. Smith didn’t play much in this game, but when he finally had the chance to prove himself, he made the game winning touchdown creating a 26 to 23 victory!

In his sophomore year, Smith boasted 42 receptions with 693 yards and 6 touchdowns.

It was the 2019 season that showed off just how great Smith was. He achieved 1,256-yard passes, 14 touchdowns, and 68 receptions. His achievements were so great that he tried his hand in the 2020 NFL drafts.

However, that year was tainted for most of us. The Covid-19 virus spread worldwide, so Smith had to back down from the NFL drafts and instead decided to focus on his senior year.

It’s a good thing that Smith made that decision, as it was on the 21st of November that DeVonta Smith broke the record for the most touchdowns received. He also became the first wide receiver ever to win the Player of the Year award!

It should be noted that Smith was offered and accepted an invitation to play at the 2021 Senior Bowl; however, he didn’t make it in the end. 

The Future For This Legend

The future of DeVonta Smith seems to lie in the Miami Dolphins. If last year’s NFL pick selection was anything like the future, it seems as though Miami is after this strapping player. With this rising star in their ranks, Fanduel’s Super Bowl betting odds could put Miami higher up the leaderboard.

If the Miami Dolphins do snap him up, his lightweight body type and zipping offense strategies will work perfectly with their offensive style too. This will be especially true if free agent Will Fuller signs up for the Dolphins too.

Smith, Fuller, and Tagovailoa could become the trio of the century. However, Miami isn’t the only team eying Smith up. Philadelphia is also hot on his heels. The fantasy football fans have already started making bets for when he joins the league.

Only time will tell what is really in store for DeVonta Smith, but you can bet that he will be pulled up to the NFL at some stage in his career. But you should watch out for all the bettor’s suggestions as Smith will undoubtedly make an impact.

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