40: 4.90 (estimated)
Has good size and uses it well to get position over the middle. Has nice hands and shows ability to adjust to throw and pluck the ball out of the air. Tough runner after the catch and fights for extra yards. Shows pop as a run blocker and is able to get position. Plays with a good mean streak and plays beyond the whistle. Finishes his blocks. Does a nice job initiating contact when working in pass protection.
Not a smooth athlete and struggles to get a release off the line. Needs to do a better job keeping his feet under him and overextends at times.
A dominant and hard-nosed blocker, Smith has the size and potential to be converted to offensive tackle at the next level. He had his best year as a senior, with 38 catches for 358 yards (9.4 avg) and 3 touchdowns. He is the son of the late Daryle Smith, who played offensive line in the pros for the Cowboys (1987-88), Browns (1989), and Eales (1990-92). He is a former transfer from Tennessee, transferring after his freshman year, and is also married with 2 kids.
Watching Smith get after guys as a run blocker and in pass protection makes him an ideal fit as a third tackle in many offenses. He is a decent enough receiver that he can be a nice outlet option on short routes, but probably will never be a guy that will catch more than 10 passes in a season because he isn't going to separate. Some teams will want him to bulk up and move him permanently to the offensive line. I think he can make that move, but I don't think he'll be a starter, just more of a swing tackle that gets reps when teams go to their big sets. Ultimately, his value will be as a blocker either as a second tight end or a third tackle, but unless a team is really committed to the run and plays a ton of 2-TE sets, then he's only going to be a situational player. But he should have a nice long NFL career as a blocking TE, but not sure if a team moves him permanently to offensive tackle, if he'll stick long-term there. As an O-line prospect, he'll need a year or two on the practice squad to bulk up and get up to around 300 pounds. And even then he'll probably only really excel in a zone-blocking scheme.
Smith would likely be a nice No. 3 tight end for the Falcons, working as a blocking tight end in a similar role as Will Svitek does currently down the road. He can be a nice replacement for Justin Peelle as the No. 2 guy, but he's not going to be as productive in the passing game. As a role player, he can have a nice career, but ultimately the Falcons would probably try to replace him down the line with someone that offers more upside as a receiver, which makes it doubtful he'll last beyond his rookie contract.
For a team looking for a pure blocking tight end, he's a nice seventh round pick. But for a team hoping to convert him to an offensive line, he's better off going undrafted since he's a bit of a project.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Body Control: 2.5
Scouting reports of the tight ends in the 2011 Draft.
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