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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.
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
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