Next Zach Ertz.
is a terrific TE. "I didn’t really trust my technique last
year," Smith said. "I was moving a little slow [off the snap] with it at
times [when blocking]. Eventually, watching a lot of Dalton Schultz film and working with Dalton and Ertz this summer helped a
lot." I though the was more H-back than TE, but his blocking really
improved last season.
A 4.9 Forty
knocked him out of Day One. "Very well at this point," Shaw said.
"He’s working on being that complete tight end, the guy that can be an at-the-line blocker, who can block in space but who at the same time can go create mismatches. He’s worked very hard to get to where he is, and I think there’s still some room to grow. When he gets matched up one-on-one with guys, we believe he’s going to make the
play." He is a guy who the Pats could snag on Day Two, and he would help
replace the incredible Gronk.
Stanford runs a zone blocking scheme similar to the Pats.
Great effort and pride in blocking. He can slide off the DE, and go and block a second defender on the 2nd level. Elite blocking TE. Great blocking DBs on the second level in space. Which is not an easy block for a TE.
Moves LBs and DEs backwards with power.
He can beat the LB on Ins and Outs down the Seam. They will line him up outside at the Z in the Redzone. He is smart, competitive, and diligent in his craft, that’s why the Pats will draft him in the 3rd.
He is a precise route runner. You can see he studies his craft and takes it seriously.
Terrific route runner down the Seam. He is a Redzone threat. Fights for
the ball through contact and can catch it.
Freakishly great blocker. He can seal the big DE. He can take out the LB, and
then he can freeze the DB with his hands out in space. I’m not sure there is another TE in this Draft who can make blocks at all three level like he does.
He blocked two defenders on one play more than anyone in this Draft,
including OLs. That has to keep him in Day Two. He will play as a rookie, because
of his blocking.
The Pats could
use a Zack Ertz to help Brady this year. "He’s most similar to Ertz, the way he’s built and the type of athlete he
is," a scout said. "Kind of what you see is what you get. I am cross-checking tight ends and I don’t think I would take him until Day 3. Nothing really stands
out." He is an easy hands catcher.
He is catching
the ball better. "It’s concentration," Stanford TE coach Morgan Turner said.
"No matter if there are two people running into him, a hand in his face, he just has the concentration to go up and make the
play." He had three games of over 100-yards receiving: Utah, Washington State and
Washington (none of which were on UTube).
runner. He gets open a lot more than they threw him the ball. "Instantly I felt he had a natural feel for the
game," Costello said. "As a quarterback you love that [in a
TE/WR] more than talent, more than speed, more than the hands. When you can combine that with size and the hands and add speed on top of that, it helps even
has that knack for getting open deep down the Seam.
He works hard to
improve his game, and has developed into an elite blocker who is being
compared to Zack Ertz. "Kaden Smith has grown immensely as a run blocker this entire
year," David Shaw said before the last season. "The next Zach
Ertz. He’s developed earlier than Zach, He's bigger than Zach. If you were KJ
Costello [Stanford QB], you’d be excited too." Nasty going down the
He could go in
the 2nd. He almost certainly will be a Day Two TE. "All the way up to my freshman year of high school, people were telling me I was going to play left
tackle," Smith said. "I really wanted to prove people wrong. I really enjoyed playing tight end because you do run-blocking and you run routes. You can do everything on the field. That was my dream, and I’m very happy I get to live
that." He is a much better blocker than I thought.
He is not
overwhelmingly strong, but he grabs short and holds on with balance and
some power. "[Blocking well] means a lot to him,” Turner said.
"He takes pride in that aspect of it, learning from Zach Ertz that if you can’t block, you’re not on the field as many
plays." He will get too aggressive in the run game, and pick up some
late hit blocks.
He does a job
getting into the OLB's shirt fast, and then turning him to get great
position on the block. He does a good job turning and sealing the OLB on runs away. He does a good job pulling inside and hitting the Mike.
Takes out LBs he is assigned to block every time. He just doesn't miss
blocks. Elite at grabbing shirt, holding on, and driving his feet.
He has 1st Round
talent. "I mentioned that scouts presently rank Smith as the top tight end prospect in the nation; most believe he’s a
1st Round talent," Pauline said. " In many ways, Smith is a bigger version of ex-Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz. Smith is an oversized receiver with outstanding pass-catching skills and the speed necessary to split the seam. While Smith needs to brush off his game and find the end zone a little more, he definitely has top-40
potential." He could drop into the 3rd with a 4.92 Forty.
He got open a lot more than they threw him the ball. He can confuse the LB
using his quick feet in a short pattern. He can look like Edelman running a short pattern. Against ASU, he made the
DB fall down as he made his move on the short In, with his great quick feet.
Dragged over the middle a
He is so dangerous catching the ball crossing on the 2nd level. He
is big. Natural hands. Terrific blocker. Relentless blocker. HE has some
power in his hands. He is great at grabbing shirt. He can block two guys
on one play. Huh... repeatedly. He can open down the seam. A little slow
in pattern, but knows how to get open. He can sink into the Hole in a
can get open weaving down the Seam. He can get open on short Outs. He can
get physical on his release off the line. Nice seal blocker on the edge.
He can find the LB in traffic, grab his shirt, and hold on for a long
time. Love liked to try and cut behind his block. He can seal the OLB
outside on the Off tackle run, and then pancake him when he tried to move
down field. He is really blocking better this season. He was killing
Oregon down the seam.
Slides inside the
OLB quick to seal him before he can read the run. He can run a quick post
off the Seam , and catch it with his arms extended to the QB, when he knows
the Safety is going to hit him in the back. Great blocker in Pass Pro. He
can drive the 3-4 OLB back beyond the LOS in pass pro. He can run the
physical route down the Seam, and break inside between three DBs and snag
the high pass 20-yards down field.
As a Junior
(2018): All-Pac-12 second team. Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Mackey Award finalist. John Mackey Award Player of the Week (Nov. 7). AP Preseason All-America second team. Athlon Preseason All-America Third Team Offense. Played in 11 games and started 10. Finished with 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns (third on the team in all categories). Four catches for team-high 77 yards in win over USC (Sept. 8). Team-high six catches and 68 receiving yards in win over UC Davis (Sept. 15). Team-high six catches and 95 receiving yards in overtime win at No. 20 Oregon (Sept. 22). Team-high eight catches and 120 receiving yards vs. Utah (Oct. 6). Nine catches for 112 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown vs. Washington State (Oct. 27). Eight catches for 107 yards and a 14-yard touchdown at Washington (Nov.
Zone blocker. His blocking fits the Pats Scheme. Watch him get into the
D-end, and take his outside shoulder as he slides outside. That is a great
block. But what makes him special is that he slides off that great block,
and goes and impacts the safety and grabs his shirt. It is a great block
when an OL can grab two guys (:04). It is an elite block when a TE can block
two guys on one play. I should stop the Tape there. Pats Day Two?
up in the bunch, he flashed forward. Watch the impact on the OLB, and then
he slowly but steadily moved him back. That is another impressive block
(:10). Nice outside release off the line. He gets up to speed nicely. The
OLB grabs and interferes with his route. But he still broke open on the
Seam Out (:20). Lined up outside (:04). Watch the quick feet to take the
DB's outside shoulder for the Fade.
the great impact on the DL. Then he grabbed his shirt and drove block him
out of the play. He is the best blocking TE in this Draft. That is just
great (:41). Nice angle release. He popped in front of the ILB (:48). He
got inside to Seal the DB outside, and watch him freeze the DB in space
with his powerful hands (:55). That is another great block.
receiver. He sunk into the hole in the Zone wide open. The threw at his ankles
(1:10). He moved physically to the LB as he dragged over the middle. Then
scraped him off with the Ref pick. That is a great pattern (1:19). He really
was more of an H-back at Stanford, but he blocked like an OL (1:36). Great
job slipping to the second level and taking out the blitzing Safety. He
sustained blocks longer than any other TE in this Draft. Watch the DB try
to swim over him, and Smith drove him into the turf, as he hit the another
DB. He is guaranteed to make any team that drafts him because he makes impossibly
great blocks, like blocking a second DB as he is driving the first DB into
love to hide him in a Bunch. Watch the great lateral burst to get inside
the DE and seal him out of the play (1:46). He gets into pattern fast, and
drags himself open between the two ILBs (1:58). Nice outside release. Then
he broke inside (2:04). He is wide open dragging across the middle again.
Easy hands catcher. He snagged the ball a split second before the ILB
crushed him in the back. He can make a lot of money doing that in the
guy. He got down the seam with some nice speed. He created separation in pattern
on breaks outside. Second bad throw by the QB after he broke wide open in
pattern (2:12). Tight End. I like the way he runs down the Seam (2:26). He
is so good at getting push on DLs (2:42). He can beat the LB down the Seam
(2:59). His Forty was not great, but he gets open going down the Seam. And
he has the size to go up high and grab the ball. He can stretch out and
snag the high hard one deep down the seam. That is were he is going to
make his money in the NFL.
Redzone target (3:08). No one rushed his lane in pass pro (3:15). Pats
like to line TEs inside a Bunch. Watch the burst to knock the DE back, and
then he slid off and blocked the LB. Great block. He blocked two defenders
in one game more than any other TE I've seen in years (3:24). He is a
great lead blocker moving outside (3:32). He might be more of a TE in the
NFL, and making move blocks like that out in space is what will get him on
the field as a rookie.
the nice quick release, than the impact to take the OLB out of the play
(3:50). Okay this is the play (3:57). What will make or break him in the
NFL is his ability to get open down the Seam, or the ability to catch it
and hold on when he is not quite open. With a 4.9 Forty he is going to
have to catch the ball through contact. He ran by the ILB, with a head nod
like he was going to break outside. He won quick on the Seam route. The QB
had to throw it fast, because the Safety was over the top of Smith. He leaped
up, turned back to the ball and snagged it. The ILB slammed him to the
ground as he caught it, and the Safety jumped on top of him. But he held
on for his best NFL play of the day.
lined up outside. NFL TEs have to be Redzone threats, because speed
matters less. WRs Struggle more. Quicks, size, and the ability to get open
in pattern matters much more. They put him on the Numbers. He ran down the
Numbers, the DB stopped when he looked back at the QB (4:03). Costello
threw it low behind the DB, and Smith dragged it off the turf. That is a
number two or three NFL tight end, and he could be a Number One if he can
get a little faster or quicker in pattern.
As a Junior (2018):
All-Pac-12 second team. Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Mackey Award finalist.
John Mackey Award Player of the Week (Nov. 7). AP Preseason All-America second team.
Athlon Preseason All-America Third Team Offense. Played in 11 games and started 10.
Finished with 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns (third on the team in all categories).
Four catches for team-high 77 yards in win over USC (Sept. 8). Team-high six catches and 68 receiving yards in win over UC Davis (Sept. 15).
Team-high six catches and 95 receiving yards in overtime win at No. 20 Oregon (Sept. 22).
Team-high eight catches and 120 receiving yards vs. Utah (Oct. 6). Nine catches for 112 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown vs. Washington State (Oct. 27).
Eight catches for 107 yards and a 14-yard touchdown at Washington (Nov. 3).
As a Sophomore (2017): Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. 14 games played.
23 catches for 414 yards and five touchdowns. 18.0 yards/catch. Four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in collegiate debut vs. Rice.
Two catches for 25 yards at USC. Two catches for 57 yards, including 54-yard reception at Utah.
Two catches for 37 yards, 25-yard reception on fourth down with under two minutes remaining at Oregon State.
Three catches for 43 yards and a 17-yard touchdown vs. Cal. Three catches for 65 yards, including 19-yard touchdown vs. Notre Dame.
Four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game).
Two solo tackles vs. TCU (Alamo Bowl)
As a Freshman (2016): Did not see action.
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