The following is a 2019 Irv Smith Jr. NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Alabama tight end. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.
Irv Smith Jr. NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’4 Weight: 241 School: Alabama
- Is moved around the offense and used inline, slot, backfield and out wide.
- Has the upper body strength that allows him to steer defenders into position to seal them off.
- Can locate and maintain blocks in space.
- Strong hands allow him to lock onto defenders and maintain his blocks.
- Soft hands that allow him to pluck the ball out of the air.
- Able to adjust to off target throws making catches that are low or behind him.
- Can go up and high point the ball above defenders.
- Short area burst can allow him to create some separation from defenders at the stem.
- Not an explosive athlete and will need to build up his speed.
- Lacks the top end speed to run away from defenders to create separation.
- Can be pushed around off the snap or while running his routes.
- A bit of a raw route runner where he lacks the nuances to set up defenders and create separation.
Irv Smith Jr. is an athletic tight end that is a fluid mover and can be used in a variety of different roles. At 6’4 250lbs Smith Jr. has the size and strength to play both as an inline tight end while the movement skills to line up detached from the line either in the slot or out wide.
As a run blocker Smith Jr. isn’t overpowering but has enough upper body strength to get his hands inside the defender and lock them down. Smith Jr. also is able to steer defenders to the side allowing him to seal them off and open up creases and lanes for the running back to get through. Blocking in space is not an issue as Smith Jr. was used successfully as a lead blocker in a pseudo fullback role and out from the slot blocking for receivers.
Smith Jr. does his biggest damage as a receiver utilizing his athletic ability to get out into his routes and find open areas in coverage. Improving his route running will be crucial for Irv as he could learn to set up his routes better, but he does have the short area burst to create separation at the stem. Smith Jr. catches the ball naturally showing the ability to not only make the routine catches but has the body control and catching radius to react to off target throws.
Irv Smith Jr. is a dynamic all around tight end that can help out a team both as a blocker and as a weapon in the passing game. Tight ends usually take a little bit longer to hit their stride and Smith Jr. is no different as he may start slow early in his career, but his ability to be a complete tight end could allow him to be a top 10 tight end by year three of his career. Being selected in the first round is a possibility for Smith Jr. as a team like the New England Patriots could be looking for a replacement for Rob Gronkowsi. But Smith likely is taken early in the second round as Oakland, Jacksonville or the Bills could be realistic options.
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