“Smith is still green in terms of overall experience, which shows up in run-blocking and route-running, but he has plenty of talent and is likely to get much better in both areas. He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a move blocker at fullback or wingback spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option and once he gets rolling after the catch. O.J. Howard was bigger, and a better athlete, but like Howard, Smith offers Pro Bowl potential as a well-rounded tight end prospect.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
“Irv Smith projects favorably as a modern day tight end. Smith has consistent flashes in the receiving game and will enter the league with blocking chops as well. There’s not a lot of cons to Smith’s profile, he’s a very well rounded player who should be able to transition quickly to the pros. Smith’s ceiling is as a Pro Bowl caliber Tight End, his well rounded skills will enable him high snap percentages and his versatility as a receiver will allow him to excel in nearly any offense.” – Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
With tight end Kyle Rudolph entering the final year of his contract, his longterm future remains uncertain.
With the No. 50 selection in the second round of the NFL draft, Minnesota on Friday night took Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. General manager Rick Spielman said Smith and Rudolph are different sorts of tight ends and could play together but he would not speculate on Rudolph’s future beyond 2019.
Rudolph will make $7.275 million in the final year of his contract. He said last week he would like to sign an extension, but that the Vikings have not offered one.
“You know I never talk business,’’ Spielman said when asked if Rudolph could be given an extension.
The Vikings made four trades in the third round and eventually selected running back Alexander Mattison of Boise State with the No. 102 and final pick in the round. The Vikings now have nine picks in the final four rounds, which will be held Saturday.
Smith caught 44 passes last season for 710 yards. He is the son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith Sr.
After drafting tight end Irv Smith Jr. with their second-round pick in this weekend’s NFL draft, there is no way the Minnesota Vikings are going to pay Kyle Rudolph the $7.63 million he is scheduled to make this season. If the Vikings can’t trade Rudolph — rumors of a deal with New England persist — the cash-strapped Vikings might even..
This might push Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr. into the second round, but the team that drafts him will be in for a treat.
Smith played three seasons for the Crimson Tide and attended Brother Martin in New Orleans before college.Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Irv Smith Jr. (82) celebrates his touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: John David Mercer, John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
an 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Irv Smith Jr. (82) celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIf Smith’s name sounds familiar in NFL circles, it’s because it is. He shares his name and NFL talent of his father.
The elder Smith played seven seasons in the NFL and was a first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993.