Most Likely 2019 NFL Draft Destinations for Irv Smith Jr.

Max Staley
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Irv Smith Jr. is a talented and versatile player who looks like he could contribute right away next season. The Alabama product racked up 710 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2018 season while averaging 16.1 yards per reception, and he's one of the best tight end prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

With the rise of dynamic threats like Travis Kelce and George Kittle in recent NFL seasons, a pass-catching tight end like Smith has arguably become more valuable than ever. With that said, let's take a look at three likely destinations for Smith in the 2019 NFL Draft.

1. Green Bay Packers (No. 30, No. 44)

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The Green Bay Packers have been searching for a reliable tight end for years, and Smith could finally be the long-term solution. While Smith isn't the most accomplished blocker, he's a great receiver and excels at racking up yards after the catch. If the Packers end up selecting Smith with either their second first-round pick (No. 30) or their first second-round pick (No. 44 overall), he could help take this passing game to the next level.

2. Oakland Raiders (No. 27, No. 35)

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The Oakland Raiders have a need at tight end after letting Jared Cook walk in free agency. Cook tallied 896 yards and six touchdowns last season, so Smith would have big shoes to fill if he's selected by the Raiders. Smith could pair nicely with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, which would give Derek Carr a plethora of dynamic weapons to work with. The Raiders have three first-round picks (No. 4, No. 24, No. 27), and Smith could be a great fit toward the end of the first round.

3. New England Patriots (No. 32)

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The New England Patriots arguably rely on tight end more than any other team in the league. However, they're completely depleted at this position now that Rob Gronkowski has retired, and Dwayne Allen signed with the Miami Dolphins. Drafting Smith could be a great way to replace some of Gronkowski's production as a pass catcher. Smith probably can't replace Gronkowski's blocking ability, but few can. If Smith is still on the board by the No. 32 pick, the reigning Super Bowl champions could be rushing to the podium to take him.

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