DAVIE — It won’t be considered a sexy or exciting pick, taking a blocking tight end in the fourth round.
But if Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe can fill the void left by veteran Anthony Fasano, it will be a smart pick for the Miami Dolphins.
Smythe wore #80 for the Irish, as former Notre Dame and Miami tight end Fasano did, too.
“It’s funny you should ask,” Smythe said Saturday. “We have film from past years. He’s a guy I have watched a lot my last four years. He is a guy I have watched a lot. I try to do everything like him.”
Like Fasano, Smythe spoke about taking pride in his blocking. He was the point of attack at Notre Dame. He’s an old-school, in-line player.
Smythe is 6-foot-5, 253 pounds. He does not have blazing speed. He has not been asked to catch many passes, though surely Adam Gase will suggest he is a better receiver than advertised.
Adding two tight ends in the first four rounds gives Gase a needed boost at the position.
A.J. Derby is an intriguing prospect. And MarQuies Gray is a capable reserve. The Dolphins recently added Gavin Escobar.
But Miami needed more.
The Dolphins could have used this pick on Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage, Oregon offensive lineman Tyler Crosby or Connecticut defensive tackle Foley Fatusaki.
The Dolphins have another pick in the fourth round. You may or may not care that this Smythe selection was possible because the pick was obtained from Cleveland in the Jarvis Landry deal. Smythe said he had heard he could be taken anywhere from the third to sixth rounds.
Miami is hoping the combination of pass-catching tight end Mike Gesicki and blocking tight end Smythe can make a positive impact for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who returns from injury this season.
Gesicki and Smythe were Senior Bowl teammates.
“Awesome guy,” Smythe said of Gesicki. “Great dude. Loves football.”