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Irv Smith Jr.
Rec Yards TD
44 710 7
Team: Alabama Crimson TideHeight: 6-2 Born: 8/9/1998
Position: TEWeight: 242 Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Leave it to Alabama to steal an NFL legacy straight out of the hearth of the Crimson Tide's hottest rival.

Smith, a New Orleans native, signed with the Tide as a highly-touted tight end prospect. But with future first-round pick O.J. Howard already firmly established as the starter, he had to wait his turn, failing to catch a single pass in 2016 despite playing in nine games.

He was more involved in 2017, starting four of 14 games and hauling in 14 passes, albeit for just 128 yards (9.1 yard per catch average). He did score three touchdowns.

Smith was one of the top beneficiaries of Alabama turning to more of a passing attack with Tua Tagovailoa under center in 2018, exploding for 44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1-yard average) and seven touchdowns, earning Second Team All-SEC honors - enough to convince him to make the early NFL jump.

ANALYSIS

Classic "move" tight end/H-back candidate with mismatch potential as a receiver. He possesses good initial quickness into his route and shows core strength and balance to fight through traffic and create space. Smith is a quality route-runner who ran a full route tree in Alabama's pro-style attack.

He possesses terrific bloodlines with his Father, Irv Smith, Sr. and uncle, Edward (EZ) Smith both playing tight end in the NFL during the 1990s.

While Smith's fit in today's wide-open NFL and bloodlines are certainly intriguing, he is a bit of a one-trick pony as a short to intermediate receiving specialist. Some clubs, in fact, may view him as somewhat of a luxury pick.

While competitive at the point of attack as a blocker, Smith simply lacks the frame and physicality to handle true in-line duties against NFL competition. And his below-average height, arm length (31 1/2") and vertical jump (32.5" vertical jump) raise concerns about his ability to win contested throws.

Projection: Third Round

--Field Level Media


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2016 Ala  9 0 0 - 0 0 0 - 0
2017 Ala  14 0 0 - 0 14 128 9.1 3
2018 Ala  15 0 0 - 0 44 710 16.1 7
Career   38 0 0 - 0 58 838 14.4 10

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2018 Ala  15 0 0 - 0 1 6 6.0 0
Career   38 0 0 - 0 1 6 6.0 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/1/2018 Lou 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 39 19.5 0 32
9/8/2018 ArkSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 41 10.3 1 22
9/15/2018 @ Miss 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 42 14.0 1 17
9/22/2018 TexA&M 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 74 18.5 0 42
9/29/2018 UL-Laf 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 13 13.0 0 13
10/6/2018 @ Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 123 61.5 1 76
10/13/2018 Missou 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 2 2.0 1 2
10/20/2018 @ Tenn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 50 10.0 1 25
11/3/2018 @ LSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 64 16.0 1 25
11/10/2018 MissSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 70 14.0 0 25
11/17/2018 Cit 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 68 68.0 1 68
11/24/2018 Auburn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 27 9.0 0 11
12/1/2018 @ UGa 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 35 11.7 0 19
12/29/2018 Okla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 19 9.5 0 13
1/7/2019 Clem 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 43 10.8 0 21