NAME: Kaden Smith
JERSEY: No. 82
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 253 lbs
(Limited tape available for evaluation)
PROS: Clearly a physical specimen with NFL size and athleticism. Has easy burst off the line of scrimmage and can shoot out of his breaks to instantly creating throwing windows. Has elevate ability and the concentration to attack the football with strong mitts through contact and bring it in securely to the ground (ensuring he gets one foot down as well). Not afraid of going up across the middle and exposing his body to shots. Has elite adjustment abilities for a tight end and can twist and contort frame to get to inaccurate balls up and away from him. Locates the ball’s flight path and will play bully ball to get to it. Currently a mixed bag as far as blocking: has good natural power, but technique and choices are poor.
CONS: Not a good route runner yet in his young development. Can take far too many stutter steps at the top of the route, or fail to lace any deceit whatsoever into route stem. Expects his size/athleticism to win him the leverage battle to the catch point. Does not expect contact to come when climbing through the levels and will get disrupted badly by average contact; must learn how to win with hands to separate down the field when working through zones. Can take a bit of time to get into and out of sharp breaks because of hip drop issues. Good defenders win his chest early in blocking reps and can control him from there; again, learning good hand usage a must. More tape needed.
– Benjamin Solak