Jonnu Smith-TE-Florida International
Size: 6’3 248lbs

Jonnu Smith

Strengths:

  • Competitor
  • Solid burst off the snap
  • Seam-buster
  • YAC
  • Strong
  • Great, willing┬áblocker

Analysis: Jonnu Smith is a former competitive weight lifter who can block with the best of them in this deep TE class. He shows a willingness to handle the heavy lifting as zone scheme blocker. Uses good angles and timing in his combination blocks. Smith plays with a sense of urgency and looks to squeeze the most out of each play. Flashes an electric burst up the field and into his routes. Seam buster with ability to race over top of the linebacker and into a throwing window quickly. Plays fast. Talented, competitive runner after the catch. Mashes the gas and can run away from linebackers. Loose hips with slick lateral side step after the catch. Has ability to work on all three levels.

Weaknesses:

  • Body-catcher
  • Needs more refined route running
  • Scouts question size

Analysis: No doubt Jonnu Smith is a dynamic TE who can stretch the field, but if you can’t catch the pass after stretching the field it becomes a moot point. He is a body catcher who doesn’t trust his own hands. Has dropped 10 passes over the last two seasons with too many double catches. Needs to do a better job of helping his QB by working to the ball and shielding. Gets grinded on by redirects out of his release into routes. Needs to learn how to adjust routes or disengage earlier. Not a convincing route runner and just kind of goes through the motion rather than selling fakes. Scouts worry he may be a little undersized for an in-line option. Frame may not be able to carry additional weight.

NFL Comparison: Vance McDonald

Draft Projection: Round 4

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