By: Steve Johnson
Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: (special teams duty, no stats)
2017: 14 games. 14 rec, 128 yards, 3 TDs
2018: 15 games. 44 rec, 710 yards, 7 TDs
Accolades: 2018 All-SEC 2nd-Team
History: Three-star recruit from New Orleans. Son of former Notre Dame standout and New Orleans Saint first-round pick. His uncle also played professional baseball and in the NFL. Irv Jr. chose Alabama over Texas and LSU.
Strengths: Good size, well built kid. Good feet, fluid in and out of his breaks. Really good route runner. Good understanding of concepts, finds the open hole in zone. Good run after catch ability. Solid open field runner who can slip through tackles and pick up extra yards. Good run blocker. Brings toughness and have surprisingly good strength. Keeps his legs churning on down blocks. Although not much tape on him in pass pro, shows good foot work.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite length. Not super explosive. Sometimes one of the last men off the LOS. Needs to do a better job getting off, especially when he’ll be covered by elite LB/S athletes at the next level. Have not seen elite leaping ability of ball skills.
Overview: Smith is a really solid TE that will be a good starter for years. He doesn’t have the elite size and speed that would ever allow him to put up elite numbers, but he is reliable and tough. He’s a great run blocker and a really good route runner.
Draft Projection: Mid Day Two
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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