Round Five – 166th Overall
Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International (6-foot-3, 248 pounds)
Even though there’s a customary rule that you pick at least one University of Miami Hurricane in any Miami Dolphins mock draft, I’m going to ask for partial credit for this pick.
FIU’s Jonnu Smith’s name sounds familiar for not so great reasons. He was the player who was doused with a pot of boiling water by his pregnant girlfriend during an argument. Unfortunately, he missed time at the end of the Golden Panthers’ season because of the injuries, but he’s healed and has been working out for teams.
Off field issue aside, Smith can play football.
He was a four-year producer at FIU – totaling 178 receptions for 2,001 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Smith plays with good urgency and has excellent speed and burst to attack the seams. He’s also a dangerous threat after the catch – able to run away from most linebackers and strong enough to bowl over defensive backs.
Though Miami traded for Julius Thomas and signed Anthony Fasano, Smith can carve out a niche on the roster because he works alongside either them.
Smith is a former high school weight lifter and has shown the ability to be a more-than-solid in-line blocker. Conversely, he is athletic enough to split out and create mismatches while working against any level of the defense.
He needs to trust his hands more when catching passes, but he’s a guy that can add more juice to the Fins offense.