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Tuesday open thread: Should the Detroit Lions draft DeVonta Smith if given the chance?

Smith dominated at Alabama. Will he do so in the NFL, as well?

CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T - Ohio State v Alabama Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

On Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide once again proved they are miles ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to their football program. Their dominant 52-24 victory over Ohio State brought them their fifth national title in 10 years, making this run one of the most incredible dynasties in sports history.

Of course, many NFL fans weren’t watching the game for the stakes of the outcome, but rather to get a close-up look at some of the finest talent that will likely be drafted in a few months. No one’s star shined brighter than Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, catching 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns... in just over two quarters of play. He appeared to suffer a pretty serious hand injury in the third quarter, but it’s hard to imagine that will impact his draft status much.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Would you be okay if the Lions drafted Smith?

My answer: For hypothetical purposes, let’s assume he falls to the No. 7 spot here, which is not necessarily a safe assumption to make. Smith won the Heisman and put up all sorts of records for Alabama. His size is a major concern to many—he’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds—but he proved at the college level that doesn’t matter much at all.

Drafting Smith makes some logical sense. The Lions will likely lose Marvin Jones Jr. to free agency. Signs point to Danny Amendola retiring after this video ended with a not-so-cryptic image of the Lions veteran receiver looking at cleats literally hung up on the goal posts. And who knows what the plan is for Kenny Golladay?

Wide receiver is a major need for this team, even if much of the focus needs to be on the defensive side of the ball. You’re not just drafting for 2021, so Smith absolutely makes sense for this team. And while the success for players his size in the NFL is not very common at all, Smith has already proven he breaks the mold. He’s absolutely worth the No. 7 pick.

Your turn.

Poll

Should the Lions pick DeVonta Smith if he’s there at 7?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Yes
    (1304 votes)
  • 33%
    No
    (654 votes)
1958 votes total Vote Now