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Durham Smythe | Tight End

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'5 / 253

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Dolphins selected Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Smythe (6’5/253) caught only 28 passes with six TDs in five years at Notre Dame, earning his keep as one of college football’s top blocking tight ends. Smythe showed competent athleticism at the Combine by running 4.81, but his primary NFL role will be to pass protect and open holes in the run game. Apr 28 - 1:22 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe to Chicago Bears TE Dion Sims.

"Smythe is a classic "Y" tight end who carries himself like an offensive lineman," Zierlein writes. "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 Zierlein notes those as Smythe's strengths, he notes that the 6-foot-5, 257-pound tight end doesn't run great routes and doesn't get separation as a receiver. Still, a team looking for an inline tight end could take Smythe on Day 3, probably in the fourth round.
Apr 9 - 7:14 PM

Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds on Saturday in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Smythe (6'5/253) tied for the third-lowest 40 yard dash time with Ohio State's Marcus Baugh. He also struggled in the broad jump, tying for the lowest jump (110 inches) at the position with Florida State's Ryan Izzo. Smythe was mostly known as a blocker during his time with the Irish, but he did shows flashes of offensive ability, and performed well in the Senior Bowl.'s Lance Zierlein compares him to Dion Sims, and projects him to go in the fourth-to-fifth round.
Mar 3 - 11:30 PM

Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe caught three passes for 48 yards and scored a touchdown for the North in a 45-16 loss to the South on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Smythe (6'5/253) was mostly known for his blocking at his time at Notre Dame, but there were moments he looked like a competent receiver, and he showed more of those in Mobile on Saturday. The touchdown was a 27-yarder from Josh Allen where he showed quality footwork and soft hands. He projects as more of a backup inline tight end than a starter you can flex out, but teams certainly need those, and that's why Smythe will get drafted in 2018.
Jan 27 - 7:09 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior TE Durham Smythe has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Smythe has shown the ability to make plays as a receiver, but his best path to the NFL is his ability to block. The six-foot-six, 255-pound tight end did have a career best 18 yards per catch, and he scored four touchdowns in 2016. Draft Analyst's Durham Smythe currently projects the senior tight end to go in the sixth or seventh round.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 09:30:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior TE Durham Smythe will return to the field against Georgia after clearing concussion protocol.

Smythe caught two passes for 34 yards before dealing with the head injury. Notre Dame absolutely dominated Temple, mostly on the ground. Their passing attack will likely be needed against Georgia.
Source: WNDU
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:28:00 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore TE Durham Smythe will miss the remainder of the season due to shoulder and knee injuries, according to beat writer Pete Sampson.

The Fighting Irish lose another starter (Jarron Jones, Tarean Folston, Malik Zaire and others). Smythe reportedly injured his shoulder against Texas but played through the pain. He then injured his knee against Virginia. The third year player only recorded two catches in two games, but Notre Dame has already been forced to go to their bench enough.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 10:38:00 PM