Irv Smith

Alabama
TE
TE15

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
New Orleans, LA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
242 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.91
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.63
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.32
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.33
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.44
Seconds
 

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Smith is the son of former NFL tight end, who played at Notre Dame before entering the NFL as a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1993. He was a Class 5A honorable mention All-Louisiana pick out of New Orleans' Brother Martin High School before signing with the Tide as a four-star recruit and top 10 tight end prospect nationally. Smith played as a reserve tight end as a true freshman in 2016, but did not catch any passes in nine games. He had more of a role in Alabama's title-winning 2017 season, starting 4 of 14 games played and catching 14 throws for 128 yards (9.1 average) and three scores. Smith garnered second-team All-SEC honors for his play as a junior, catching 44 passes for 710 yards (16.1 average) and seven touchdowns for the national runner-ups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Ben Watson
Overview
Smith is still green in terms of overall experience, which shows up in run-blocking and route-running, but he has plenty of talent and is likely to get much better in both areas. He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a move blocker at fullback or wingback spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option and once he gets rolling after the catch. O.J. Howard was bigger, and a better athlete, but like Howard, Smith offers Pro Bowl potential as a well-rounded tight end prospect.
Strengths
  • Decent hand placement as in-line blocker
  • Good footwork to reach and secure the edge
  • Fluid and rhythmic with his timing up to second-level targets
  • Effective lead blocker as an H-back or fullback
  • Speed to create immediate strain in the seam or downfield
  • Might be too much for linebackers to handle in man
  • Extensive collection of routes took him to all areas of the field
  • Good route strength pushing through the contact
  • Offers sturdy target in the middle of the field
  • Can post up tight coverage out of his breaks
  • Hand strength to secure contested catches
  • Able to elevate and compete in-air
  • Drags tacklers for additional yards after catch
Weaknesses
  • Needs to add mass and upper-body strength for blocking duties
  • Doesn't always block with consistent effort and strain
  • Can overstep his landmark as run blocker
  • Needs to play faster more consistently
  • Rounded routes allow coverage shortcuts to catch point
  • Feet are a little heavy getting into breaks, causing delays to open
  • Rarely works back to the throw
  • Not a natural hands catcher and fights the football
  • Slows way down when turning to find football
  • Lacks short-area wiggle for quick catch and run

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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