The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game and we’ve got the best and worst-case scenarios for 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Smith has truly gotten better and better ever since he arrived on campus in Tuscaloosa back in 2017. He needs a pretty absurd 359-yard game to hit the 2,000-yard mark this season, but knowing him that’s not totally out of the question. Ohio State’s pass defense isn’t anything amazing as they’re very much an offense-driven team, as is most of college football. The best-case scenario for Smith is that Ohio State stacks the box to stop the wrecking ball that is RB Najee Harris, leaving Smith in single coverage outside so he can feast on the OSU secondary. Is that likely? No. But would it be great for Smith and his NFL prospects? Yes.
I don’t think Smith really has a floor at all this season. Ever since WR Jaylan Waddle suffered an injury in October, he only has one game with less than 100 yards receiving or receiving a touchdown, and that was against Arkansas which the Tide won 52-3. He also had a punt return score in that game, so it’s kind of impossible to contain him. Waddle, who hasn’t played since October, is a game-time decision for this game as well. I think that’s the only way he doesn’t pop off, is if there’s a second, equally as a dynamic playmaker on the outside with him.