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Irv Smith
ADP: 11.4
Bye: 7
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 23.8
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 242
40 Time: 4.63
Speed Score: 102.00
SPARQx (Rank): 108.90 (61%)
Burst Score (Rank): 111.90 (26%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.65 (38%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 9.88 (26%)

Irv Smith's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#15 Tight End

97.6 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
11.4 60.3 672.3 5.2 1 0.4

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Basic StatsIrv Smith's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Smith ended 2020 strong: He ranked as a top-8 fantasy TE over his final 6 games.
  • Overall, Smith showed promise that year by ranking 14th in PFF receiving grade among 38 TEs with 40+ targets. (Smith saw 41 targets.) That ranking placed him right behind Dallas Goedert and T.J. Hockenson.
  • His 2021 season ended before it even began. He suffered a torn meniscus in August. Surgery followed, along with a trip to IR.
  • Recall that Smith was a Round 2 pick back in 2019. The ‘Bama product is undersized (6’2, 242) but brings plus speed and pass-catching ability.
  • The Vikings lost 87 targets with the departure of Tyler Conklin. No serious competition for targets was added at TE or WR.
  • The nucleus of Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen all return for another season.
  • New HC Kevin O’Connell talked up Smith in May. "I've said this before, going back and watching some of his tape even before the injury, I know there was a lot of folks excited about him last fall before that injury happened," O'Connell said. "Some of the success he's had -- both with how we're going to use him and ultimately where he is at in his career -- he's ready to absorb all of this and be in a position to go play fast, go play with a bunch of confidence that he's going to be a major part of what we do."
  • Entering a contract year, Smith has been a participant in May/June OTAs and minicamp. The goal is for him to be a full-go for training camp.
  • Smith’s 73.3% catch rate (and low 4.2% drop rate) shows he can be a reliable target for accurate QB Kirk Cousins. He elevated Tyler Conklin to a TE17 finish last season, despite only 3 TDs.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Irv should see close to a full-time role under new HC Kevin O’Connell. There’s some mystery as to how he’ll play after missing all of 2021 with a knee injury. Clearly, though, the young TE was on the rise prior to a lost 3rd season.

With an ADP in the 11th round — and an outside chance at 100 targets — Smith makes for an enticing, low-risk pick.

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Irv Smith, TE MIN

8:15am EDT 6/20/22

Smith a full go in minicamp

Vikings TE Irv Smith "looked like a full participant" in last week's minicamp, according to The Athletic's Chad Graff. Smith was limited in OTAs coming off last August's meniscus tear, but it doesn't look like that injury will be an issue as we roll into training camp. Smith has some breakout potential in new HC Kevin O'Connell's offense.

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New Vikings HC Kevin O'Connell is excited about TE Irv Smith's potential in his offense. "I've said this before, going back and watching some of his tape even before the injury, I know there was a lot of folks excited about him last fall before that injury happened," O'Connell said. "Some of the success he's had -- both with how we're going to use him and ultimately where he is at in his career -- he's ready to absorb all of this and be in a position to go play fast, go play with a bunch of confidence that he's going to be a major part of what we do." Smith is still working his way back from August's meniscus injury, but the Vikings reportedly expect him to be at 100% for the start of training camp. After Minnesota failed to add a significant upgrade at WR behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, there's room for Smith to carve out a significant role this season.

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Vikings beat writer Sam Ekstrom writes that TE Irv Smith “looked pretty agile” during minicamp drills. Ekstrom also observed Smith running at close to full speed. Last preseason, the 23-year-old sustained a meniscus injury that cost him all of 2021. If Smith can regain pre-injury form, he’ll carry a TE1 ceiling into a contract year. HC Kevin O'Connell recently added some fuel to the hype train by calling Smith "a major part" of the offense.

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Vikings HC Kevin O’Connell said TE Irv Smith is “right on schedule” in his recovery from an August meniscus tear. Smith, who called his 2021 injury a “freak” thing, added that the goal is to be 100% by training camp. Entering a contract-year, Smith will have a shot at a major role, especially with Tyler Conklin now in New York. Our early projections have him inside TE2 territory.

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Vikings TE Irv Smith had surgery Wednesday morning to repair his injured meniscus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he has a 4-5 month recovery timeline, which almost certainly ends Smith's season. That leaves opportunity open at the position. HC Mike Zimmer talked up Tyler Conklin this summer. Conklin missed about half of August with a hamstring injury, but he has downplayed the severity and said he expects to be ready for the opener. He's our top choice among Minnesota TEs. The team also traded for Chris Herndon this week, of course. The former Jet comes with athletic upside but has disappointed since a standout rookie year. It's worth noting the Jets unloaded him for merely a move up from Round 6 to Round 4 in the 2022 draft. We'll see whether the Vikings look to add anything else over the next week and a half -- or in season if they're dissatisfied once the games begin.

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Irv Smith, TE MIN
Dynasty MVP 88.4
Position Rank #10 TE
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10yr Projection
289
476
737
Dynasty Write-up
Smith ended 2020 strong, then missed all of the 2021 season following meniscus surgery. He should be 100% well ahead of Week 1. The catch-first TE will turn 24 in August. 2022 turns up a contract year.

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