Irv Smith Scouting Report

irv smith scouting report
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Strengths:

  • Speed to create separation in the seam or downfield
  • Hand strength to secure contested catches
  • Offers sturdy target in the middle of the field
  • Solid blocker who understands how to use his hands
  • Not easy to bring down
  • Effective lead blocker as an H-back or fullback
  • Can beat linebackers in coverage

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to add play strength
  • Route running needs work
  • Doesn’t always block with consistent effort
  • Does not work back to throw
  • Still raw in game
  • Play speed is inconsistent

Analysis: Smith is the son of a former tight end with the same name who played in the NFL for the Saints, 49ers and Browns. Smith Jr. played as a reserve tight end as a true freshman in 2016, but did not catch any passes in nine games. He had more of a role in Alabama’s title-winning 2017 season, starting 4 of 14 games played and catching 14 throws for 128 yards (9.1 average) and three scores. Smith garnered second-team All-SEC honors for his play as a junior, catching 44 passes for 710 yards (16.1 average) and seven touchdowns for the national runner-ups. He is still raw and learning the intricacies of the game, but the talent is evident. He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a blocker at fullback or H-back spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option and once he gets rolling after the catch. Give him 1-3 years and he can be a pro bowl caliber player.

Size: 6’2 242lbs

Draft Rank: No.3 TE

NFL Comparison: Irv Smith Sr.

Draft Projection: Day 2 pick

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