Receiver Devin Smith says the Saints think he is a great player _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) makes a catch near the end zone against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jabriel Washington (23) setting up a field goal during the College Football Playoff Semi


Devin Smith recently came to New Orleans to meet with the Saints for a pre-draft visit and received a strong review from coach Sean Payton and wide receivers coach John Morton.

“They like what they’ve seen on film,” Smith said during an interview with WWL’s Kristian Garic. “They think I’m a great player and think I have a lot to add to their team and any NFL team, as well.”

Smith emerged as one of the better deep threats in college football last season, and finished the year with 33 catches for 931 yards (28.2 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns.

However, despite his high level of production, some have used those figures against him, stating that Smith lacks the ability to run short and intermediate routes. The receiver does not agree with this and is eager to show people he has some additional tricks up his sleeve.

“I know I can do a lot,” Smith said. “It’s just getting a chance to show everyone I’m more than just a deep threat. But at the same time, when you look at some of the numbers that I’ve put up and some of the things I’ve done, not many too many receivers are out here doing what I’m doing with being consistent with catching the long ball and averaging what I’m averaging.”

Smith said his visit with the Saints went well and that nothing out of the ordinary occurred. He said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the coaches and open up on some of the topics they were asking about.

“It gives them the chance to actually to dig deep and ask about yourself and how you get motivated and things like that,” Smith said. “It’s better because you actually get to open up a little bit a little bit instead of having to talk to a bunch of people at once.”

The wide receiver said he expects to be selected late in the first round or sometime in the second. New Orleans has the 13th, 31st, and 44th picks in the draft.