40: 4.75 (estimated)
Does a nice job setting the edge as a run blocker and can make the kick out block in space. Gets position, using size well, and can redirect the linebacker inside. Shows some mean streak as a blocker.
Slow release off the line as a receiver and will body catch passes. Lacks ideal pop as a run blocker and needs to take better angles. Struggles to adjust in space vs. outside rush in pass protection. Gets overextended and has trouble locking in pass protection.
Smith is used almost exclusively as a blocker for Texas. He has started 15 games over the past three seasons as a reserve tight end and caught 17 passes. He had his best season this past year with 9 catches for 60 yards, and had his career long, a 15-yard reception. He also worked as the team's long snapper on place kicks as a freshman and sophomore.
Smith projects as a blocking tight end at the next level. He is too llimited as a receiver to ever be considered much of an option there. While I don't know how good a snapper he is, his ability to perform there does give him some added value to contribute on special teams, at least in an emergency role. He has potential as a blocker, but he needs more polish. He's not going to hit the ground running in that realm to think he can immediately fill in as a No. 2, but he can compete and by his second year I think a team could be confident he could man that role ably. But more than likely because of his limited value as a receiver, he'll struggle to move up the depth chart. There are still teams that still use their second tight ends almost purely as blockers, but that number is dwindling. He has a chance to stick with one of those teams, but more than likely he's going to be a journeyman that bounces around the league when teams need a backup that can block, but never really sticks anywhere long term. Unless he can prove himself as a long snapper, do I think he has a chance to play in one place for very long.
Smith has potential to fulfill a Zinger-like role as a third tight end and tackle in short-yardage. But the Falcons probably would prefer someone with more upside as a receiver, which means he would have trouble sticking long-term. He might give the Falcons one good season as a reserve blocker, but eventually they would move on with a more versatile threat in the passing game.
Because he's a one-dimensional player, Smith isn't worth a draft pick. But some team should bring him to camp and see if he can surprise as a long snapper and push for time as a third tight end.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Body Control: 2.0
Scouting reports of the tight ends in the 2011 Draft.
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