2018 NFL Draft: Dolphins load up at TE with Notre Dame’s Durham Smythe

Durham Smythe is the newest Miami Dolphin. (Getty Images)

DAVIE — The Dolphins are taking tight end seriously in this year’s NFL Draft after a few years of struggling at the position.

They took Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe in the fourth round today at No. 123 overall and will pair him with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki, who they chose 42nd last night.

Smythe, 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, has been credited as one of the better blocking tight ends in this year’s class, which will be particularly important for Miami if veteran Anthony Fasano does not return. Fasano, who also played at Notre Dame, was someone he studied on film as he developed in college.

While Gesicki is a basketball-style athlete who the team hopes will become a huge factor in the passing game, Smythe was brought in to fill a different role. In 22 career games at Notre Dame, he caught just 28 passes for 381 yards and six touchdowns.

Gesicki and Smythe have a chance to be Miami’s top two tight ends going into the season. Prior to the draft, the team had four players at the position who have yet to prove themselves as viable contributors in the passing game.

A.J. Derby would have been the likely starter and he has 37 career catches. Now he’ll compete with Gesicki for the top job. The Dolphins also have MarQueis Gray, Thomas Duarte and recent signee Gavin Escobar.

Here are the Dolphins’ picks so far:
First round, No. 10 overall: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Second round, No. 42 overall: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Third round, No. 73 overall: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
Fourth round, No. 123 overall: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame

And here are their remaining selections today:
–Sixth round, No. 209 overall
–Seventh round, No. 227 overall
–Seventh round, No. 229 overall

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