3. Irv Smith, Alabama
6-2, 242: The problem is his size. He’s built more like a fullback than a prototype tight end, but he’s strong, great in the open field, and will fight his way to get the ball.
All the basic skills are there. He’ll bring the pop as a blocker, he can stretch the field enough to average over 16 yards per catch last season on 44 grabs with seven scores, and he’s ultra-reliable on third downs and in the red zone.
The talent is there to be just outside of the two Hawkeye guys on the board only because he doesn’t have their body types, and has to be more of a complete route runner, but get the ball in his general area and he’ll make the play.
Some quarterback is going to love having him down the middle of the field on third downs.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Second