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Bucs select...Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
Height: 6:04.1 Weight: 258
Overview: The three-year starter is considered to be the premier tight end among college football's seniors. He came into his own as a pass catcher in 2004 and hopes to follow in his father's footsteps one day, as Edwin played for the Denver Broncos from 1973-76. Alex Smith was a Super Prep first-team All-American, Prep Star All-Midlands, All-State and All-Centennial League selection following his senior season at Mullen High School. Smith caught twelve passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as a junior and snatched 35 passes for 357 yards and four scores as a senior. He helped Mullen High win the Colorado 5A Championship as a junior. Smith was a three-year varsity letter-winner in basketball and four-year letter-winner in track. He was named honorable mention All-Colorado and First-Team All-League in basketball as a senior. In track, he competed in the high jump and 400-meters, placing eighth in the state in the high jump as a senior at 6'5". Smith was a nominee for the Fred Steinmark Award for Colorado Athlete of the Year, a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, selected to receive a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship, and a finalist for the Scahs Foundation Scholarship. Smith redshirted in 2000 at Stanford. He earned his first varsity letter as a reserve tight end, seeing most of his 2001 action on special teams. He finished that campaign with a 20-yard reception. When starter Brett Pierce was lost for the year in the season opener vs. Boston College, Smith moved into the lineup for the final ten games of the 2002 season. He ended up with 380 yards and two touchdowns, ranking second on the team with 30 catches (12.7 avg). Smith earned All-Pac 10 Conference recognition, both on the field and in the classroom in 2003. He was one of the starters in the team's two-tight end system, hauling in 24 passes for 185 yards (7.7 avg) and three scores. In 2004, Smith ranked second in the country among tight ends with 52 receptions for 706 yards (13.6 avg) and three touchdowns. He was the runner-up for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. Smith was a consensus second-team All-American selection as a senior, adding first-team All-Pac-10 Conference and Team MVP accolades. He became the first Stanford tight end to be named first-team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985 and the first tight end to lead the team in receiving since Bob Moore in 1969. Smith's 52 receptions was the second best single season for a Cardinal tight end (61 by Baty in 1985). In 44 contests with the Cardinal, Smith finished his career by catching 107 passes for 1,291 yards (12.1 avg) and eight touchdowns.
Analysis: Positives...Possesses a big frame with long arms and has the ability to carry more weight...Looks more like a power forward, as he has lean muscles, knotted calves and smooth skin...Best suited when playing in motion, as his versatility will see him line up in a variety of positions...Has the size, quickness and athletic ability to create mismatches lining up against the slower linebackers or smaller safeties...Quick off the snap and has the acceleration to be a consistent vertical threat...Gets off the line quickly when not pressed and is a precise route runner who can get up a seam and settle in the soft spot of the zone...Does a nice job of selling and conning on his routes, executing double moves to elude after the catch and has enough leg strength to break tackles...Has the ability to adjust back and low for off-target throws...Catches the ball with hands extended from the frame and is reliable in securing it before heading up field (only one fumble on 107 catches)...His upfield burst and lateral quicknes to reach the second level are above average...Has the quickness to uncover and is very comfortable working underneath... Shows good concentration on the ball when working in a crowd and the toughness to absorb the punishing hit...His blocking could be better, he is more of a position blocker who uses his quick feet and body control to adjust to a moving target....He stays on the block and plays with a good pad level and base, running his feet and bending his knees as an edge blocker.
Negatives...Needs to improve his hand use as a blocker, as he lacks an explosive punch... His hands are quick as a receiver, but he doesn't always look confident with them...He has the ability to sink his hips and separate out of his cuts downfield, but needs to do this with more consistency...His short area routes need refinement, as he tends to shuffle his feet to gear down in cuts...Needs to play with more aggression to finish as a blocker and will sometimes lean too much, losing leverage...While his acceleration is good at the college level, he cannot be considered a vertical threat like a Tony Gonzalez, as he needs to build up in order to reach top speed, lacking explosion in his initial burst...Playing strength is only adequate and could use better upper body muscle development.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash...380-pound bench press...555-pound squat...265-pound power clean...34.5-inch vertical jump. COMBINE: Could not participate in the agility tests at the Combines due to a left knee injury...Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times...34 1/8-inch arm length...10-inch hands...32 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Mullen (Denver, Colo.) High School...Super Prep first-team All-American, Prep Star All-Midlands, All-State and All-Centennial League selection following his senior year...Caught twelve passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as a junior and snatched 35 passes for 357 yards and four scores as a senior...Helped Mullen win the Colorado 5A Championship as a junior...Three-year varsity letter-winner in basketball and four-year letter-winner in track...Named honorable mention All-Colorado and First-Team All-League in basketball as a senior...In track, he competed in the high jump and 400-meters, placing eighth in the state in the high jump as a senior at 6'5"...Nominee for the Fred Steinmark Award for Colorado Athlete of the Year, a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, selected to receive a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholar-ship, and a finalist for the Scahs Foundation Scholarship.
Personal: Economics major...Father, Edwin, played for the Denver Broncos from 1973-76...Born 5/22/82...Resides in Denver, Colorado.
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