Future Watch: Irv Smith Jr Rookie Football Cards, Vikings

Future Watch: Irv Smith Jr Rookie Football Cards, VikingsFuture Watch: Irv Smith Jr Rookie Football Cards, VikingsIrv Smith Jr. was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 50th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-2 tight end starred at the University of Alabama.

In 2016, he was a true freshman and like 99.9% of them at Alabama he didn’t have a reception. It was a learning year.

The 2017 saw him playing in nine games. He had 14 receptions for 128 yards and three touchdowns. His 9.1 yards per catch average is a quarterback’s best friend in check downs. He ended that season a national champion, not bad.

In 2018, he played in 15 games and had 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. His 16.1 yards per catch is outstanding for a tight end. That year he was voted to the Second-Team All-SEC, won another SEC championship but not the national championship. He then chose to turn pro after that.

At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.63, 40-yard dash and 19 reps on the weight bench. His uncle Edward was a tight end for the Falcons and his dad was a tight end in the NFL as well for seven seasons most notably with the New Orleans Saints.

Collectors can find his rookie cards in 2019 Donruss, Panini Spectra and Certified to name a few.

After he was drafted the Vikings proclaimed, he would be a big part of their offense in the future. They expect him to line up in a variety of spots on the gridiron.

Here’s a look at his play:

The Vikings are working him in slowly. He’s used to that and they’re a very good team. So far, he only has one NFL reception, but many think he will be worked into the offense as the season moves on. He could be a sleeper but now you know about him.

Future Watch: Irv Smith Jr Rookie Football Cards, Vikings – College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2017 Alabama SEC SO TE 9 14 128 9.1 3 0 0 0 14 128 9.1 3
*2018 Alabama SEC JR TE 15 44 710 16.1 7 0 0 0 44 710 16.1 7
Career Alabama 58 838 14.4 10 0 0 0 58 838 14.4 10
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 9/19/2019.

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