“We just talked about how it would be nice to start over,” Smith told NFL Network after Tuesday’s practice at the Senior Bowl of the possibility of teaming up with the Dolphins’ starting quarterback again. “Not too much, but talked about it a bit. ”
The Dolphins hold the No.3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the team is in dire need of more explosive playmakers for Tagovailoa. Smith, who became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard in 1991 and only the second since 1940, would certainly meet this criterion.
Smith attends meetings and watches practices with the Dolphins’ coaches at the Senior Bowl, but is not competing on the field due to a dislocated finger sustained in Alabama’s national championship victory over the State of Ohio. He had 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in that game before the injury.
He wore a black scarf on his right hand Tuesday.
The biggest question about Smith ahead of the draft is whether his size will keep him from becoming a top-five pick. Alabama ranked Smith as 6-1 / 1, 175 pounds, and he declined to weigh in at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. He said he would wait until Alabama’s professional day to take full measurements.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores doesn’t seem too worried about Smith’s height affecting their assessment of him.
“This guy is a very, very good player. You can nitpick anything you want about a guy’s height, but good players are good players are good players. We can all see that, ”Flores said on Tuesday. “This guy is a very good player. He played a lot in college. He made a lot of plays in the biggest games of the year. You can nitpick all day long about things about people. He’s a very good player, and it’s good to know him. He’s a good kid too. ”
Smith played taller than his height in college as he regularly found a way to separate himself from media coverage, broke tackles in the field, and proved to be durable throughout his four-year career. in Alabama.
If the Dolphins want Smith, they might have some competition. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. plans to move Smith to No.2 at the New York Jets in his first simulation draft, with the Dolphins taking LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase at No.3.
Running back Najee Harris, Smith’s Alabama teammate, also competes under the Dolphins’ coaching tutelage in the Senior Bowl and could also be on the team’s radar to find Tagovailoa in Miami. The Dolphins have four top 50 picks in the NFL Draft (Nos. 3, 18, 35 and 50).