Let’s take a look at one of the players on our 90-man preseason roster: Durham Smythe.
This year, we have already finished looks at, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, safety/cornerback Walt Aikens, defensive end Claudy Mathieu, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Xavien Howard, long snapper Lucas Gravelle, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end A.J. Derby, running back Frank Gore, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Tony Lippett, and kickers Jason Sanders and Greg Joseph, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, tight end Mike Gesicki, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, wide receiver Jakeem Grant, and running back Kalen Ballage.
Smythe finished the 2017 college season with 15 catches, 244 yards, and a TD.
Here’s a quick highlight reel.
Why he will progress
He’s a rookie under NFL tutelage for the first time. He won’t be expected to play right away (although he could in 2 TE packages if he can beat out MarQueis Gray), and he’ll have time to develop his strength and conditioning to the rigors of NFL football as well as learn the ins and outs of playing the TE position in the NFL, one of the most demanding positions, both physically and mentally, the NFL has to offer.
Why he will regress
Since there’s no professional barometer at this point, this is N/A.
Chances of making the 53-man roster
He was just drafted in the 4th round. 100% (barring catastrophic injury or significant legal issue...I’m sorry I keep laying out contingencies like this but it’s important to be as transparent as possible...I knocked on wood, OK?!?! It’s all good.)