NFL Draft Profile: Kaden Smith
April 05, 2019
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NFL Draft Prospect: KADEN SMITH
High School: Marcus HS (Flower Mound, TX)
Position: Tight End
Weight: 255 LBS
40-yard Dash: 4.92 SEC
Bench Press: 15 REPS
Vertical Jump: 32’’
Broad Jump: 108’’
3-cone Drill: 7.08 SEC
20-yard Shuttle: 4.47 SEC
Many of the Texas Made players are forgoing their senior season to enter the draft. Smith is one of them. It may be a questionable move for a guy projected to go on day three if at all.
Stanford has been sending tight ends to the NFL on a consistent basis lately, but Smith wasn’t a top performer in some of the most important drills at the combine. The NFL is now a league where a tight end needs to be a better receiver than a blocker. Smith lacks the athleticism that many of his peers have.
That doesn’t mean he can’t fight for a spot on an NFL roster. He came from a pro-style offense that displayed his football IQ, especially as a threat in the red zone. The film shows off his ability to high-point a ball and his competence as a blocker. He was a 2018 Mackey Award finalist thanks in part to the consistency and completeness of his game.
He finished with 70 receptions for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns in 25 career games for Stanford. While at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, he played for head coach Gerry Stanford. What a coincidence. He was also a two-sport athlete, lettering in basketball as well.
There’s a reason why he ended up at such a good program. He played in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game as a 5-star recruit after finishing his high school career with over 2,000 receiving yards.