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Durham Smythe

A.J. Godeaux | Thursday, February 7, 2013

tight end
6’5″ • 230
Belton High School
Belton, Texas

Durham Smythe is a tight end out of Belton High School in Belton, Texas. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Smythe’s frame gives him an advantage over smaller defenders. Besides having the ability to reach passes defenders can’t get to, Smythe doesn’t need as much separation to get open compared to smaller tight ends and receivers. He can line up as a blocker or split out as a receiver, although he seems more comfortable lined up tight with a hand on the ground.
Most importantly, Smythe possesses soft hands and a commitment to blocking. His blocks impress just as much as his acrobatic catches. Along with fellow recruit Mike Heuerman, Smythe looks to come in and provide even more depth to an already strong tight end corps.