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L.j. Smith

SELECTED BY KANSAS CITY , ROUND 2, PICK 29, OVERALL PICK 61
TE | (6-3, 258, 4.63) | RUTGERS
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Top high school basketball player who could have played major college hoops. Did not play in 1998. Didn't start in '99 but caught 26 passes for 418 yards with three touchdowns. Started every game in 2000 and '01 and was a second-team All-Big East pick in '01. Caught 34-374-1 in 2000 and 30-282-3 in '01, when he also lined up in the backfield and carried 16 times for 74 yards. Team's leading receiver in '02 despite playing with injuries throughout the season. Caught 32-384-3. Ended career as the second-most prolific tight end in Rutgers history. Named to Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I-A all-star team. Injured hamstring at Senior Bowl and sat out week but recovered in time to have a great Combine.

Positives: Good slot receiver who is good in a crowd, can extend and catch with his hands and has good intangibles. Has straight-linish speed. Shows good desire and effort. Is durable and a productive pass catcher. Good adjusting to the ball. Good athletic ability, speed and hands. Can cut and gives effort to block. Can separate and get deep. Has the speed to get down the field. Has chisled upper body and gigantic biceps. Only tight end who ran three-cone under seven seconds (6.75) at the Scouting Combine. Also had a 37-inch vertical.

Negatives: Must improve running after the catch. Has marginal control. Has to work to finish and is not real nifty or quick out of cuts. Lacks quick, fluid change of direction. Average redirecting. Cannot defeat jam quickly. Rounds routes and is a little straight-linish to finish. Positions and walls off blockers but struggles to sustain. Seal-off blocker who lacks power and punch.

Summary: Good receiver and zone-buster type who can be an NFL tight end with some work.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.