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Lee Smith (TE)
  • Height:
    6'6"
  • Weight:
    266 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Marshall
  • Conference:
    Conference USA
Featured Prospects

Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 28 (159)

Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick adds another big, physical tight end to their rotation. Smith is a tough blocker at the point of attack, and he is an ideal No. 3 tight end on their roster.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash5.01 sec
  • Vertical Jump29.0 inch
  • Broad Jump108.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.13 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.28 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle12.0 sec
Buzz

Overview

Smith has the size, mentality and hands potential you look for in an NFL tight end but likely does not possess enough explosiveness to make many plays in the passing game. However, he likely will find a home on a team that values blocking and tenacity from its tight ends. Drops some routine passes but also plucks and snatches away from his frame and makes difficult grabs. Can get open against zone but lacks the burst and route-running ability to beat man coverage. Tough run blocker, capable in pass pro, and can get even better with some technical refinement. Smith is a mid-to-late-round prospect.


Strengths

Smith has enough size and speed for the next level. Flashes the ability to extend for receptions around the rim of his catch radius. Capable of locating soft spots in zone coverage and using his frame to shield off defenders. Does a good job of sustaining as a blocker. Plays with a mean streak.

Weaknesses

Not a big-play threat. Lacks the speed to get vertical. Not elusive after the catch. Hands are inconsistent and will drop catchable balls. Body-catches at times. Doesn’t explode out of his stance. Struggles to separate against man coverage. Doesn’t set up defenders. Plays high on occasion.

Grade

4.0

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Lee Smith

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 05:49 p.m.

    Watch Marshall TE Lee Smith perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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