5 Things to Know About New Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr.

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added to their tight end depth Friday by adding Alabama’s Irv Smith, Jr., to the roster.

The 6-foot-2, 237-pound tight end helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship in 2017.

Here are five things to know about Smith:

1. College stats   

Smith recorded 58 receptions for 838 yards (14.4 yards per reception) and 10 touchdowns in 38 games for Alabama. He had 33 receptions that gained a first down or scored a touchdown in college.

2. One last ride

The tight end had 44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1 yards per reception) and seven touchdowns in 15 games as a junior. He had 11 receptions gain 20 or more yards and was an All-SEC Second-Team selection.

3. Like father, like son

Smith’s father, Irv, was the 20th overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft by New Orleans. The older Irv totaled 183 receptions for 1,788 yards and 15 scores in seven NFL seasons. He spent 1993-97 with the Saints before playing one season with San Francisco and closing his career in Cleveland.

4. Expert takes

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein had this to say about Smith in the pre-draft process:

“He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a move blocker at fullback or wingback spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option, and once he gets rolling after the catch … Smith offers Pro Bowl potential as a well-rounded tight end prospect.”

NFL Media draft expert Daniel Jeremiah had Smith as the 28th overall player in the draft.

5. Louisiana native

Smith was a four-star recruit out of Brother Martin High School, an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory school in New Orleans. He was a 2015 5A All-State Honorable Mention selection and chose Alabama over Texas and Texas A&M.

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