Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce: Size won’t stop 166-pound DeVonta Smith from achieving NFL greatness

Where will DeVonta Smith play next?

It's one of the more intriguing questions awaiting an answer as the 2021 NFL draft draws closer. The Heisman Trophy-winning Alabama star's Q-Rating seemed to peak as he was blistering Ohio State's defense in January during a record-setting performance (12 catches) in the College Football Playoff title game – some draft observers even suggesting the New York Jets should consider him with the No. 2 overall selection.

Since then, Smith's stock has cooled, if only relative to the Jets' pick, primarily due to questions about his frame – officially 6 feet and 166 pounds during the NFL's recent medical re-check, according to Sports Illustrated.

But is the concern overblown?

"I think initially when you look at him, you just see his size. And if you're the one with the responsibility of stopping him, you would underestimate him just from looking at him in warm-ups," Hall of Fame receiver Isaac Bruce told USA TODAY Sports. (Smith has frequently drawn lofty comparisons to Bruce and fellow Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison.)

"But if you go to the film, you definitely see a lot of attributes that were very similar to Marvin Harrison as far as being able to get open, the separation he has, his ability to catch the ball in a crowd," Bruce continued.

"I carried some of those same traits as well, just being able to separate and just being wide open instead of just open. So that's DeVonta Smith, that was Marvin Harrison, and I was that way from some standpoints as well."

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