ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals select WR DeVonta Smith in Lewis’ NFL.com mock draft

Apr 26, 2021, 12:33 PM | Updated: 1:00 pm
DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger...
DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on December 05, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NFL Network host Rhett Lewis released his first mock draft on Monday and has the 2020 Heisman trophy winner as the second Alabama receiver coming off the board with the No. 16 pick.

Lewis has the Arizona Cardinals selecting wide receiver DeVonta Smith with their first-round selection.

Wow! Can you imagine?I DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk AND DeVonta Smith running around in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense with Kyler Murray slinging it all over the field to this crew? Not the most glaring need for the Cardinals, who could certainly entertain the idea of a cornerback here (with Patrick Peterson now in Minnesota) or another upgrade to the offensive line.

Smith’s track record at Alabama speaks for itself.

Along with helping Alabama secure two national championships (2017 and 2020), Smith holds the record for all-time receiving yards (3,965) and touchdown receptions (46) in school history.

On Alabama’s all-time receiving list, the 6-foot-1 Smith surpassed notable NFL receivers including Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Jerry Jeudy and Julio Jones.

Smith improved every year during his four years in Tuscaloosa, increasing his receiving yards and touchdowns each season.

During his Heisman campaign in 2020, Smith racked up 117 receptions, including 1,856 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on the year.

Smith is the third receiver and fourth Alabama player coming off the board in Lewis’ mock draft.

The NFL Network host has the Miami Dolphins selecting LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase at No. 6 and the New York Giants at No. 11 drafting Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle, respectively.

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