Devin Smith (American football)

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Devin Smith
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Smith with the Cowboys in 2019
No. 15 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-03-03) March 3, 1992 (age 28)
Akron, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Massillon Washington
(Massillon, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Receiving yards:248
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at

Devin Smith (born March 3, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State and high school football at Massillon Washington High School.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, where he played three sports: football, track and basketball. He was a two-time first-team All-Ohio performer. He had 110 career catches for 2,119 yards and 24 touchdowns (second-best in school history). He was also named All-county Independent player of year.[1] Smith lettered 2 years track & field at Massillon High and previously at Ellet Highschool in football and track and field.. He was the state's long jump champion (24-7 or 7.55 metres).[2] As a sprinter, he recorded a personal-best time of 10.56 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 state meet, where he placed first.[3] He was also a state qualifier in the high jump and as part of the 4x200 relay.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Smith was rated as the 58th best wide receiver prospect of his class.[4] On June 17, 2010, he committed to The Ohio State University to play college football.[5]

College career[edit]

Smith caught 14 passes for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns as a true freshman, highlighted by a 40-yard game-winning touchdown reception from Braxton Miller with 20 seconds left in a 33-29 win over Wisconsin. He started 10 games as a sophomore, playing in all 12. He caught 30 passes for 618 yards and six touchdowns. As a junior, starting 12 games, he recorded 44 receptions for 660 yards and 8 touchdowns, and earned himself honorable mention all-conference honors. As a senior, Smith had 33 receptions for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game, he caught 4 passes for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns, helping the Buckeyes to a 59-0 victory over Wisconsin.[6][7] In the 2015 Sugar Bowl, in which Ohio State upset No. 1 Alabama 42–35, Smith had 2 receptions for 87 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown that put his team ahead for good early in the third quarter. In the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Oregon, he had one reception for 45 yards.

Smith finished his college career with 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Smith also spent three spring seasons sprinting and jumping with the Buckeyes track & field team. He finished in a tie for second at the 2014 Big Ten outdoor championships in the high jump by clearing a personal, collegiate-best 7-0.25 (2.18 metres) in his first competition of the season, and qualified him for NCAA regional competition.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rec Yds Avg TDs
2011 OSU 13 14 294 21.0 4
2012 OSU 12 30 618 20.6 6
2013 OSU 14 44 660 15.0 8
2014 OSU 14 33 931 28.2 12
Total 53 121 2503 20.7 30

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 38 in
(1.84 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.42 s 1.56 s 2.59 s 4.15 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

New York Jets[edit]

The New York Jets selected Smith in the second round (37th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[10] On May 8, 2015, the New York Jets signed Smith to a four-year, $5.87 million contract with $3.23 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of 2.53 million.[11][12]

On November 29, 2015, Smith caught his first career touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.[13] On December 12, 2015, Smith suffered a knee injury and had to leave the Week 14 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Two days later, it was revealed that he had suffered a torn ACL, bringing his rookie season to a premature end.[14] In 10 games of his rookie season in 2015, Smith had 115 receiving yards and a touchdown. On December 18, Smith was placed on injured reserve.[15]

Smith started the 2016 season on PUP to rehabilitate his right knee suffered the previous season. He was activated off PUP to the active roster on November 9, 2016 prior to Week 10.[16] Smith was limited to four games in 2016, recording only one reception for 20 yards.

On April 29, 2017, as the third day the 2017 NFL Draft was in progress, it was revealed that Smith had suffered another torn ACL to the same knee. This was his second torn ACL of his professional career, and he would miss the entire 2017 season.[17] On May 22, 2017, the Jets waived/injured Smith and placed him on injured reserve.[18]

On July 16, 2018, Smith was waived by the Jets.[19]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On January 18, 2019, Smith signed a reserve/future contract with the Dallas Cowboys.[20] On September 15, in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, Smith caught 3 passes for 74 yards including a 51 yard touchdown to open up 5 straight drives of scoring.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Massillon's Devin Smith wins regional long jump title
  3. ^
  4. ^ Devin Smith - Yahoo Sports
  5. ^ Devin Smith Commits To Ohio State
  6. ^ Buckeyes blank Wisconsin, 59-0, to win Big Ten Championship Game
  7. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes WR Devin Smith's NFL draft stock on rise
  8. ^ Ohio State's Devin Smith aims for NCAA bid in high jump
  9. ^ "Devin Smith Combine Profile". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (May 1, 2015). "Jets Tab Ohio St. WR Devin Smith with 2nd Pick". New York Jets. Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  11. ^ " Devin Smith contract". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Cimini, Rich (May 8, 2015). "Jets sign second-round pick Devin Smith". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "Devin Smith follows Brandon Marshall's lead and scores first TD". Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Cimini, Rich. "Jets rookie WR Devin Smith out for season with torn ACL". ESPN. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Taiwan Jones Signed, Devin Smith to IR". Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Lange, Randy (November 9, 2016). "Devin Smith Activated, Ryan Clady Goes to IR".
  17. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Jets WR Devin Smith out for 2017 season with torn ACL". Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 22, 2017). "New York Jets waive injured WR Devin Smith".
  19. ^ Allen, Eric (July 16, 2018). "Jets Sign S Brandon Bryant, Waive WR Devin Smith".
  20. ^ Alper, Josh (January 18, 2019). "Devin Smith signs with Cowboys". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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