DeVonta Smith to Eagles: Projecting No. 10 Pick's Contract with Philadelphia

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 30, 2021

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs for gain during an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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The Philadelphia Eagles gained a significant boost to their wide receiver corps after selecting Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

The pick carries a projected value of $20.1 million over four years, with a $12 million signing bonus. With that, Philadelphia will take a $3.6 million hit to the 2021 cap, per Spotrac

In 2020, Smith was an integral piece of Alabama's perfect season and eventual championship. He was the nation's leader in receptions (117), receiving touchdowns (23) and receiving yards (1,856), and he set a single-season school record in receiving yards and touchdowns. 

Smith concluded his time at Alabama as the SEC leader in both career receiving yards (3,695) and receiving touchdowns (46).

Though he didn't work out at the Crimson Tide's pro day, he did step up for an official measurement at 6'1" and 170 pounds. But head coach Nick Saban was unfazed and hoped NFL teams would be, too, in considering the wideout in the draft.

"To look at him and say he only weighs 170 pounds as a reason not to pick him, I would say to them: 'The ball weighs 13 ounces; how big do you have to be to carry it?'" Saban told The Rich Eisen Show in February. 

Philadelphia was able to see that Smith could carry a huge return moving into 2021.