Getting To Know Our Rookies: Durham Smythe

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Miami Dolphins
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: Belton, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Belton (TX)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
Career history
Roster status: Active
Player Bio
Smythe signed on with South Bend despite growing up in Texas, and being the son of a former Baylor offensive lineman who played on the school’s 1980 Southwest Conference championship squad. He did not play as a true freshman and had a small role on offense the following season (one catch for seven yards in 13 games). Smythe started three games in 2015 (three catches, 18 yards, one touchdown), but did not participate in any others because of shoulder and knee injuries. Finally healthy in 2016, he started all 12 games, catching nine passes for 112 yards and scoring four times.
Smythe is a classic “Y” tight end who carries himself like an offensive lineman. He has the frame, toughness and ability to help do the dirty work as a run blocker for teams in need of toughness at the position. While Smythe can catch what is thrown to him, he’s unlikely to be a targeted pass catcher on the next level. Smythe’s particular talent as a run blocker should create an opportunity to become a solid starter for years to come.StrengthsHas good size and should continue to grow into his frame Has a finisher’s demeanor as a blocker Plays like an offensive lineman Technically sound blocker Hand placement is accurate and he unlocks his hips into opponent Runs his feet on down blocks until the block is secured Understands his landmarks and takes proper angles Excellent timing and radar when working up to linebacker on combos Plus blocker for the position in-line and on the move Trustworthy in pass protection Was able to work the seam and lay out to make the catch Unfazed by hitters in the middle of the field Weaknesses Straight-line mover who struggles to adjust his release when defenders are looking to lean on him Initial speed into patterns is average Routes are very readable for safeties and linebackers Comes out of his turns without much burst Separation could be a challenge against man coverage Needs to gather his feet into contact more consistently as a blocker
TDS Take:
I really liked this move by the Dolphins I had hoped they would double up at the TE position after they drafted Mike Gesicki in the second round because the Dolphins needed two TE’s one as the pure catching TE and another true Blocking TE and Smythe was considered one of the better Blocking TE’s coming out of college.
I look forward to BOTH of our young TE’s to develop a chemistry and bond as they develop and grow as  a tandem and hopefully help each other strengthen their weaknesses.

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