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Draft Profile: Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr – John O’Mary

by John O’Mary

Irv Smith Jr

6’4″, 246 lbs

2018 Stats

44 rec, 710 yd, 7 TD

Overview

Smith is the son of former NFL tight end who played at Notre Dame before becoming a first
round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993. Smith played as a reserve tight end as a true
freshman for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but did not catch a pass in nine games. He had more
of a promising role in Alabama’s passing game in the 2017 national championship season. He
started 4 of 14 games and caught 14 passes for 128 yards and 3 scores. Smith became a
second team all SEC honors for his play as a junior, 44 catches for 710 yards and 7
touchdowns.

Smith is a solid run blocker maybe the best one in the draft. I can certainly see him lining up in
the backfield as a lead blocker and catching passes in the flat which would be an excellent idea
if any team that drafts him does that. He has good speed and certainly should give any
linebacker fits. He is a good route runner to all areas of the field. He would certainly offer an
excellent target over the middle of any Passer. If he has any weakness at all he could certainly
add a little more upper body strength, but other than no holes in his game that I can really see.

Smith is a solid run blocker and a good route runner, but has the talent to get better in both
areas. He reminds me of OJ Howard, but OJ is the better athlete.

NFL Draft prediction….
Some experts have him going as high as to the Tennessee Titans as a possible replacement for
Delanie Walker. Some have him going to The New England Patriots with the number 32 overall
pick. I think he drops into the second round to the Jacksonville Jaguars to become a solid target
for Nick Foles.

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