DeVonta Smith vs Ja’Marr Chase – Which Louisiana Speedster Will Be More Effective in the NFL?

Published 04/28/2021, 9:35 PM EDT
Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against Ohio State Buckeyes safety Marcus Hooker (23) in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Nick Saban-led Alabama Crimson Tide football team made their way to the CFP National Championship final earlier this year. They defeated Justin Fields and the Ohio State Buckeyes by a comprehensive 52-24 scoreline.

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Apart from QB Mac Jones, star wide receiver DeVonta Smith starred as he finished the game with 215 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs. What makes this stat even more interesting is that Smith played for just one half.

Jan 5, 2021; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith is announced the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust via USA TODAY Sports

Smith concluded the season with 1,862 receiving yards and 24 receiving TDs. His explosive display earned him the 2020 Heisman Trophy ahead of the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Kyle Trask, and teammate Mac Jones. But some critics argue that Smith’s dominance would not have been possible if LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase played in 2020.

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Chase starred for the Louisiana State University in 2019. The starry-eyed wide receiver along with Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire won the CFP National Championship in 2019. He set multiple records finishing the season with 1,785 receiving yards and 20 receiving TDs. However, he opted out of the 2020 college football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DeVonta Smith vs Ja’Marr Chase – Who is the better WR from the Class of 2021

Both these kids were born and brought up in the state of Louisiana. DeVonta Smith is from Amite City; Ja’Marr Chase is from Harvey in New Orleans. The speedster duo has had similar career paths until now, but what matters next is what they make of their massive potential.

Make no mistake, these two youngsters are without a doubt the best wideouts in the Class of 2021. Their individual stats out-stage all other candidates in the draft, by a considerable margin. However, it remains to be seen if they can live up to the high expectations from NFL fans.

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When it comes to physical prowess, it’s Chase who is the obvious favorite. Smith is on the leaner side. He weighs 79 kgs whilst Ja’Marr Chase weighs 95+ kgs. In fact, DeVonta Smith is set to be the lightest player to be drafted since 1999.

There have been some doubts surrounding his build and physical attributes. Critics have hinted that teams higher up in the draft might opt to pick Chase instead of Smith for this particular reason.

But teams such as Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, or even the Detroit Lions will not hesitate to draft the youngster in the 1st round. Do you see both Smith and Chase going in the first round? Who do you think will have a better run in the NFL?

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