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Prospect Profiles: Lee Smith

LEE SMITH, TE, MARSHALL

Triangle Numbers: 6-5, 266, 5.01

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good size, the tallest of all tight ends at the combine… Solid route runner… Good body control and balance… Adequate receiver… Red zone target… Very solid hands… Has improved as a receiver every season… Very good blocker… Long arms… Fires off the ball when run blocking, stays low and plays with leverage… Flashes good power… Very solid lateral movement and slide… Solid knee bend… Stays on his blocks, gives a good effort… Finishes his assignments… Aggressive, flashes a mean streak… Team captain… Mature, married with two kids… Might be considered as an offensive line prospect if he can add some bulk… Selected All-Conference USA second team for the 2010 season.

Negatives: Not very fast, 5.01-40 at the combine… Simply a short range target… Struggles to create separation… Lacks elusiveness in open field… Only one year of starting experience… Will turn 24 during his rookie season… Kicked off Tennessee team for DUI in 2006

National Football Post:

A big, thickly put together tight end who does a nice job sitting into his stance and has some natural flexibility for his size. Isn’t real explosive off the snap and isn’t a guy who is going to run by anyone down the field. Seems to lumber a bit as a receiver and is a better short-area guy who has the coordination to gain a step, use his big frame and pluck the football. Doesn’t generate a ton of separation for himself and at times will struggle to quickly get his head around and adjust to the football. Likes to extend his arms to pluck the play, but possesses only average hands. Does a nice job selling his run fakes as well. Quickly is able to get into defensive ends off the line, extend his long arms, generate a pop and then cleanly slip and get out into the flat. Surprisingly has a little nimbleness to his game, but isn’t a huge threat after the catch.

Is an impressive in-line blocker who can fire out of his stance low, keep his pad level down and extend his arms into contact. Does a nice job creating a jolt at the point, can stick to blocks through the play and is coordinated enough to get his feet around and seal on the edge. Consistently is able to handle defensive ends at the point of attack and routinely is able to generate a push off the football. Has some nastiness to his game as well, likes to finish blocks and refuses to let defenders get to the ball carrier on second effort, works his legs and hands through the play. Can be heavy handed and stick, and is tough to disengage from because of his length and good hand placement.

Impression: Isn’t real athletic, but has the size and power to be a guy who plays in the league for ten years as a number two/three tight end option. However, is coordinated and flexible enough to get some looks as a potential offensive tackle as well. I like his upside there a bit more.

FF Toolbox:

With a tight end like Cody Slate in front of you on the depth chart, it is no wonder Lee Smith is flying under the radar. The transfer from Tennessee suited up for Marshall in 2007 and saw quite a bit of action at the tight end position and on special teams. However, Smith was not the pass catching tight end and only caught two passes for nine yards. The following year Smith earned a few more starts and got a few more opportunities to catch some passes. He ended up ranking sixth on the team with 12 receptions for 89 yards, but it was his blocking that noticeably improved during his sophomore season.

When Slate missed three games in 2009, Smith finally got the opportunity to show his pass catching skills. By this point he was already a fine blocker, but Marshall finally looked to their big 6-6, 267 pound tight end and he responded by catching 23 passes for 335 yards. Despite his size, Smith headed into his senior season without catching a touchdown pass. That streak finally ended. Even though quarterback Brian Anderson pretty much ignored his tight end early in the season, through 11 games Smith is second on the team with 37 receptions for 343 yards. He has also caught three touchdown passes.

There are better pass catching tight ends in this class and there are better blockers in this class too. However, few do both as effectively as Smith. Coming out of a program that has had successful tight ends, Smith should be a good value for some team in the fourth or fifth round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Lee Smith is a big, slow, blocking tight end. In fact, he’s such a good blocker that he’s even being considered as an offensive lineman. I can definitely see that, but for now, we’ll think about him as a tight end. Tremendous in-line blocker.He’s not going to a big target in the passing game, perhaps limited to red zone and short yardage situations. The Giants need a 2nd tight end, particularly one who can block. With Bear Pascoe most likely being moved permanently to fullback, a replacement is needed. Lee Smith can be that replacement. 4th or 5th round pick. Won’t get much out of him in the passing game, but will offer so much blocking that it’s worth it.

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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Lee Smith”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Sounds like a poor man’s Kevin Boss, that’s the LAST thing we need.

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