Durham Smythe

Notre Dame
TE

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
Belton, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
253 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.60
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Miami
Dolphins
Round 4 ‧ Pick 23
40 Yard Dash
4.81
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.17
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.23
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.86
Seconds
 
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Smythe signed on with South Bend despite growing up in Texas, and being the son of a former Baylor offensive lineman who played on the school's 1980 Southwest Conference championship squad. He did not play as a true freshman and had a small role on offense the following season (one catch for seven yards in 13 games). Smythe started three games in 2015 (three catches, 18 yards, one touchdown), but did not participate in any others because of shoulder and knee injuries. Finally healthy in 2016, he started all 12 games, catching nine passes for 112 yards and scoring four times.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Dion Sims
Overview
Smythe is a classic "Y" tight end who carries himself like an offensive lineman. He has the frame, toughness and ability to help do the dirty work as a run blocker for teams in need of toughness at the position. While Smythe can catch what is thrown to him, he's unlikely to be a targeted pass catcher on the next level. Smythe's particular talent as a run blocker should create an opportunity to become a solid starter for years to come.
Strengths
  • Has good size and should continue to grow into his frame
  • Has a finisher's demeanor as a blocker
  • Plays like an offensive lineman
  • Technically sound blocker
  • Hand placement is accurate and he unlocks his hips into opponent
  • Runs his feet on down blocks until the block is secured
  • Understands his landmarks and takes proper angles
  • Excellent timing and radar when working up to linebacker on combos
  • Plus blocker for the position in-line and on the move
  • Trustworthy in pass protection
  • Was able to work the seam and lay out to make the catch
  • Unfazed by hitters in the middle of the field
Weaknesses
  • Straight-line mover who struggles to adjust his release when defenders are looking to lean on him
  • Initial speed into patterns is average
  • Routes are very readable for safeties and linebackers
  • Comes out of his turns without much burst
  • Separation could be a challenge against man coverage
  • Needs to gather his feet into contact more consistently as a blocker
Sources Tell Us

"There are only a handful of the old school tight ends who are big and able to help you in the run game and he's one of them." - AFC area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league