Irv Smith

Irv Smith

23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Minnesota Vikings
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After scoring five touchdowns in a part-time role in 2020, Smith was expected to ascend to the top of Minnesota’s tight end depth chart last season. He suffered a meniscus injury during preseason, however, that sidelined him for the rest of the year. In Smith’s absence, Tyler Conklin caught 61 of 87 targets for 593 yards and three touchdowns, proving there’s still room for a moderately successful pass-catching tight end in a Vikings offense with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen on the outside and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Notably, Conklin’s 16 red- zone targets tied for eighth among tight ends. Conklin subsequently signed with the Jets, creating an opening for Smith to step in as the unquestioned starter — something that had been expected prior to his knee injury. Smith did not run routes at spring OTAs, and the Vikings might take a cautious approach in training camp, but Minnesota’s second-round selection from the 2019 Draft has plenty of time to get ready before the regular season kicks off. Read Past Outlooks
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#139.75
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$Signed a four-year, $5.8 million contract with the Vikings in May of 2019.
Looks healthy at minicamp
TEMinnesota Vikings
June 22, 2022
Smith (knee) received live reps with the first-team offense at June minicamp and appeared to be a full participant, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith was a limited participant in most of the Vikings' offseason practices prior to mandatory minicamp, slowly working his way back from the meniscus surgery he underwent last September. The typical rehab period for the surgery gives him more than enough time to be ready for Week 1, and he now looks on track for full participation in training camp. Smith could have an every-down role in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, leading a tight-end group that also includes Ben Ellefson, Johnny Mundt and Zach Davidson. Ellefson and Mundt could poach some early down snaps while primarily serving as blockers, but Smith is in the clear as Minnesota's best receiving threat at the position.
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#% of Team Snaps

87581%
17116%
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How often does Irv Smith run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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15 routes   1 target
19%
24 routes   1 target
25%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Irv Smith's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
242 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.33 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.32 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
110 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Between his strong finish last year and Kyle Rudolph's departure this offseason, Smith seemed well positioned for a Year 3 breakout in 2021. The Alabama product isn't an elite athlete in terms of workout stats, though a 4.63 40 and 32.5-inch vertical are nothing to scoff at, particularly for a guy who was 20 years old at the 2019 combine. Age is another selling point, as Smith turned 23 in August but already has 14 NFL starts and 1,157 offensive snaps to his name. That's especially impressive at tight end, where even top prospects often are eased into the league in part-time roles. Unfortunately, Smith's ascent to fantasy relevance will be delayed, with a meniscus injury in late August requiring surgery that's expected to be season-ending. The Vikings are left with Tyler Conklin, Chris Herndon and Brandon Dillon at tight end.
Rookie tight ends are supposed to drop passes, miss blocks, commit penalties and run poor routes. The Vikings are glad nobody sent the memo to Smith, a 2019 second-round pick who turned 21 a month before Week 1. The Alabama product stepped right in as the No. 2 TE behind Kyle Rudolph, averaging 38.3 snaps per game in an offense that used multiple tight ends on 55 percent of its plays (second highest rate in the league). Rudolph maintained his three-down role for most of the year and scored six touchdowns, but he also saw 77 snaps as a pass blocker, compared to only 21 for Smith. Rudolph finished with small advantages in routes (361 to 322), targets (48 to 47), catch rate (83.0 to 76.6), aDOT (6.5 to 5.8) and YAC average (4.9 to 4.1), with both tight ends serving as reliable but nonexplosive options for Kirk Cousins. The difference, of course, is that Smith is a young guy with 4.63 speed, while the 30-year-old Rudolph ran a 4.78 40 at his pro day nine years ago. By the end of last season, it was often Rudolph rather than Smith coming off the field on third downs. The trend figures to continue in 2020, and with rookie Justin Jefferson replacing Stefon Diggs at wide receiver, there's a nice opportunity for Smith to emerge as Option B or C in the Minnesota passing game.
Although Smith's Alabama resume didn't match up with O.J. Howard's, the Vikings thought highly enough of Smith to select him with the 50th overall selection. Smith gets marks for pedigree - his father was an NFL tight end in the 90s - and he was considered the best pass-catching tight end in the talent-rich SEC last year. Minnesota isn't expected to keep Kyle Rudolph much longer, it's just a matter of whether or not Rudolph is jettisoned before the 2019 season. It's a mistake to expect Smith to rip up the league right away, especially since he turns 21 right before the season, but he'll probably settle in as a Minnesota staple in the next couple of years. He has interesting upside.
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On track for camp
TEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - Meniscus
April 19, 2022
Smith (knee) didn't run routes at Tuesday's offseason practice, but he expects to be a full participant in training camp this summer, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Won't be rushed back
TEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - Meniscus
March 29, 2022
Coach Kevin O'Connell said Tuesday that the Vikings are "going to be smart" with Smith (knee) during spring practices, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
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Officially on injured reserve
TEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - Meniscus
September 1, 2021
The Vikings placed Smith (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Eric Smith of the team's official site reports.
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Likely out for the year
TEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - Meniscus
September 1, 2021
Smith (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2021 season, as he's facing a recovery timeline of 4-to-5 months after Wednesday surgery to repair his meniscus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Scheduled for meniscus surgery
TEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - Meniscus
August 30, 2021
Smith (knee) will have surgery this week to address a meniscus injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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