- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand9 ½
- Arm31 ½
Strong Points: Fast and athletic. Productive final season at Bama. Good route runner who can get in and out of cuts and gain separation. Soft hands -- always catches the ball cleanly. Strong runner after the catch. Aggressive blocker who consistently looks to finish. Can block on the move or in-line. Finds the soft spot in zone coverage.
Weak Points: Only a one year starter. Lacks ideal TE size, and has short arms (31 ½").
The Way We See It: A third-year junior, Smith's dad played at Notre Dame and was a first-round pick of the Saints -- he obviously has good genes. Played as backup and on special teams as a freshman before joinng the rotation and earning opportunities as a starter as a sophomore. Maximized his long full starting season in 2010, with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith is very athletic with speed and body control. He looks almost like a big wide receiver, running sharp routes and snatching the ball. Despite lacking prototypical size for the position, Smith is one of the better blocking tight ends in this crop. Very aggressive blocker with a lot of snap in his hips on contact to create movement. Smith will come in and play right away as a rookie and should be able to play as a "Y" or flexed out. He will be a value pick in this draft.