Durham Smythe Draft Profile

Durham Smythe draft profile

Strengths:

  • Has good size and should continue to grow into his frame
  • Elite blocking tight end
  • Plays like an offensive lineman
  • Technically sound blocker
  • Hand placement is accurate and he unlocks his hips into opponent
  • Understands his landmarks and takes proper angles
  • Excellent timing and radar when working up to linebacker on combos
  • Trustworthy in pass protection
  • Was able to work the seam and lay out to make the catch
  • Willing receiver over the middle

Analysis: Durham Smythe is a classic “Y” tight end who carries himself like an offensive lineman. He has the frame, toughness and ability to help do the dirty work as a run blocker for teams in need of toughness at the position. While Smythe can catch what is thrown to him, he’s unlikely to be a targeted pass catcher on the next level. Smythe’s particular talent as a run blocker should create an opportunity to become a solid starter for years to come. He looks like an athletic offensive lineman on tape and blocks as if he was one. Technically sound in all areas as a blocker–he has a high football IQ in that department. While not a dangerous weapon in the receiving game, he is serviceable and willing to go over the middle as a safety valve for his QB.

Weaknesses:

  • Straight-line mover who struggles to adjust his release
  • Initial speed into patterns is average
  • Routes are very readable for safeties and linebackers
  • Separation could be a challenge against man coverage
  • Not asked to be a receiver often at Notre Dame

Analysis: Durham Smythe looks a bit stiff in his route running and will not fake many defenders out with his routes. He struggles to gain separation in man coverage and will be bodied up most of the time when asked to go out in the passing game. Speed is average. His weaknesses are mostly in the receiving department, but any NFL team that drafts him will be doing so with his blocking prowess in mind.

What the scouts say: “There are only a handful of the old school tight ends who are big and able to help you in the run game and he’s one of them.” – AFC area scout

Size: 6’5 257lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Nick Boyle

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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