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Kaden Smith | Tight End

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 252

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Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against California due to an undisclosed injury.
Smith being ruled out is big news for the Stanford offense, as he's a key option in the passing game. The Mackey Award finalist, who did not play in Stanford's Nov. 24 win over UCLA, has caught 47 passes for 635 yards and two touchdowns this season. Sophomore Colby Parkinson will get the start as a result of Smith's absence. Dec 1 - 2:54 PM

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Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith snagged eight passes for 107 yards with a touchdown in a 27-23 loss to Washington on Saturday.

Smith and quarterback K.J. Costello clearly had a connection on Saturday, as several of the throws were "I trust you" efforts where Smith seemed to turn at just the right moment. The touchdown, however, was a strike from Costello to get Stanford on the board in the third quarter. Smith has established himself as one of the best tight ends in football, and has his third straight game of over 100 yards receiving. There's no reason to think that the fourth in a row won't come next Saturday against Oregon State.
Nov 4 - 12:45 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith as a player that has improved his stock after Saturday's performance against Oregon.

Smith was one of the key reasons that Stanford was able to come back against the Ducks, making six catches for 95 yards in the overtime victory. Pauline notes that not only does Smith (6'6/242) have a chance to be a first-round pick, but that he might be the top tight end prospect in the country. "In many ways, Smith is a bigger version of ex-Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz, the 35th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles," writes Pauline. "Smith is an oversized receiver with outstanding pass-catching skills and the speed necessary to split the seam." More games like the one against Oregon will see his draft stock continue to rise. Another intriguing match-up comes this Saturday against Notre Dame.
Sep 24 - 5:23 PM

CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso lists Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith as an underclassmen to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Smith (6'6'/242) didn't have a big season in 2017, but he showed flashes of brilliance; particularly in the Pac-12 title game when he scored two touchdowns on 80 yards receiving. We've seen Stanford tight ends go early before, and as Trapasso notes, he has the size and wingspan you're looking for at the position. "Smith was a reliable run-blocker on the edge for David Shaw's club," he writes. "And he if demonstrates more well-rounded play this year with increased receiving numbers, he could be an early entrant to the 2019 draft and get picked in one of the first few rounds."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 11:33 AM

Stanford sophomore TE Kaden Smith caught four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 31-28 Pac-12 Championship Game loss to USC.

Smith (6'6/242) reeled in both of his touchdown hauls in the second half, showing impressively strong hands on each of them. The sophomore was a quiet performer for most of the season, but came on over the last three games of the campaign to catch a combined nine passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns. He was a four-star recruit in the 2016 class.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 12:11:00 AM

Four-star TE Kaden Smith committed to Stanford in April.

Smith will look to continue Stanford's lineage of strong tight end play, as he chose the Cardinal over Alabama, Baylor and Clemson among others. The 6-foot-6, 242-pounder "possesses excellent height with good length and wiry strength," according to ESPN, whose scouting report further notes that Smith" needs to continue to develop his frame and add more good mass and with further physical development his strength should continue to improve." While he doesn't bring breakaway speed to the table, he is "a very good tough tight end that can make plays in the passing game." He's already highly thought of in terms of his blocking, so even if he never develops into a stud receiving target, he should help sophomore phenom RB Christian McCaffrey find some holes. As if McCaffrey needs help.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM