Kaden Smith

Stanford
TE

Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
Flower Mound, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
255 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.35
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 6 ‧ Pick 3
40 Yard Dash
4.92u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
108.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.08
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.47
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Smith applied for early entry in the 2019 NFL Draft to become the sixth tight end from Stanford since 2012 to be selected in the top four rounds. That reputation as "Tight End U" helped the Cardinal land Smith, a five-star recruit from Marcus, Texas. He redshirted the 2016 season and then played in 14 games as a key reserve the following year (23 catches, 414 yards, 18.0 ypc, five touchdowns). Smith's performance against USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game that year caught the eyes of scouts (4 catches, 80 yards, 20.0 average, two touchdowns). He was even more productive as a junior despite missing the final three games with a foot injury, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors and being named a Mackey Award finalist by catching 47 throws for 635 yards (13.5 average) and two scores in 10 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
NFL Comparison
Durham Smythe
Overview
"Y" tight end who possesses adequate run-blocking talent and safety-blanket ball skills with the ability to rescue contested catches with strong hands and a wide frame. Smith gives good effort as a run blocker but will need to improve his technique and core strength to turn losses into stalemates on the pro level. He has the focus and toughness to work over the middle, but he's unlikely to outfox man coverage. He might not be dynamic enough to rise above TE2 status.
Strengths
  • Slightly above-average NFL starting size
  • Has inline experience in pro run-game concepts
  • Displays some grit and fight to stay connected to blocks
  • Hand strength is above average
  • Able to drop and unlock hips for additional leverage
  • Runs feet post-contact on down blocks
  • Has size and strength to kick out linebackers on the edge
  • Very physical at the top of his routes
  • Able to catch through collisions
  • Understands how to leverage in-breaking routes
  • Quick to make himself catch-ready
Weaknesses
  • Average release quickness into routes
  • Struggles to get away from athletic linebackers
  • Could use sharper route turns and breaks
  • Too much drift in routes allowing defender to close
  • Jams and route traffic slow his roll
  • Needs to maintain wider run base after contact
  • Wide hands lose frame and causes loss of body control as run-blocker
  • Tugged around at the point of attack by power
  • Loses track of his man on inside shots
Sources Tell Us

"Kind of what you see is what you get. I am cross-checking tight ends and I don’t think I would take him until Day 3. Nothing really stands out." -- Area scout for AFC team

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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