BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference performer who posted 52/706/3 as a senior after junior totals of 24/185.
POSITIVES: Athletic, pass-catching tight end who creates mismatches in the defensive backfield. Fluid releasing off the line, adjusts to the errant throw and looks the pass into his hands. Consistently finds the open spot in the defense and extends to pull the fast ball from the air. Shields opponents away with his frame and displays the ability to make the difficult catch in traffic or take a pounding and hold onto the ball. Excellent focus and concentration. Moves laterally with speed and very reliable. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and works until the whistle blows.
NEGATIVES: Not quick or explosive off the snap into blocks. Marginal playing strength at the point of attack and gets pushed back off the line. Only average footwork in pass protection.
ANALYSIS: A consistent pass-catching threat who continually improved his game, Smith broke out as a senior and significantly enhanced his draft stock. Known as a hard-working player and high character prospect, he will receive solid consideration during the early part of round two and should immediately contribute as a rookie.