2021 Devy Prospect Previews: WRs Devonta Smith (Alabama) and Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
Devy Disclaimer: I only take a quick look at some game tape and review background data on each prospect – it’s a very preliminary look that I could change my mind on with deeper study a year later when these prospects do hit the college all-star bowl games and work the NFL Combine and Pro Days. I don’t have all the data, today, that I need/want for a comprehensive scouting and I’m not taking anywhere near a full amount of time to tape preview -- I’m giving a knee jerk scouting reaction from a basic intro to the player. The good news is…I’m better at this (scouting) than anyone in the world, so my quick eye test is better than the echo chamber’s/football media’s studies – so, I’m your best hope for an initial preview…but don’t write any of this in stone…it’s early with limited data and a whole season of info/tape/data to come on these guys.
WR Devonta Smith (Alabama)
2019: 68-1,256-14 (13g)
Preview Grade = B+
I previewed Smith last summer as well…and my opinion remains the same – the best WR prospect of the Alabama trio from 2019, better than Ruggs or Jeudy. I think he’s overall better than Calvin Ridley or any of the ‘Bama WRs of the past few years. A more complete WR…speed that kills on the outside, tough enough to work inside, good hands.
Reminds me of: The faster, better Calvin Ridley…a better Ridley/Ruggs mashup.
WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
2019: 33-560-6 rec. (13g)
Preview Grade = B-
Another Alabama WR in the line of the Calvin Ridley types…6’0” +/- with high-end speed. He’s a solid enough WR with speed to burn. Not as fast as Henry Ruggs or Devonta Smith but not too far behind. Waddle is not as competent a receiver as Devonta Smith or Calvin Ridley but he’s solid and still growing. He may take a huge leap forward in 2020…we’ll see. Solid prospect who will get the ‘Alabama bump’ from the analysts and coaches.
Reminds me of: A lesser Calvin Ridley but a better Jerry Jeudy (who is overrated).
*To see all our 2021 Devy prospects ranked by Dynasty/Fantasy valuation = Go to CFM, 'Positional Reports', select 'DRD' tab, select the Dynasty Rookie Draft + Devy Rankings option, last tab option on the report is 'Devy 2021'