April 28, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former University of Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 123rd overall and 23rd pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
Smythe is the seventh-straight Notre Dame starting tight end and 29th overall to get selected in the NFL Draft. He is the fifth Irish tight end drafted, and fourth in the top four rounds, under Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly.
Smythe is the 16th tight end in school history to get picked in the top four rounds of the draft. In addition to Smythe, 15 other Irish tight ends have been chosen in the top four rounds, including Troy Niklas (52nd overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014), Tyler Eifert (21st overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013), Kyle Rudolph (43rd overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011), John Carlson (38th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008), Anthony Fasano (53rd overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2006), Jabari Holloway (119th overall by the New England Patriots in 2001), Irv Smith (20th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 1993), Derek Brown (14th overall by the New York Giants in 1992), Mark Bavaro (100th overall by the New York Giants in 1985), Tony Hunter (12th overall by the Buffalo Bills in 1983), Ken MacAfee (seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 1978), Dave Casper (45th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 1974), Jim Kelly (28th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964), Paul Costa (55th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1964) and Monty Stickles (11th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 1960).
Smythe is the 19th Notre Dame player selected in the top four rounds of the NFL Draft since 2012.
Smythe becomes the 10th Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Dolphins and first since Shawn Wooden in the sixth round of the 1996 draft.
Smythe started 28 times in his 51-game, four-year playing career. He caught 28 passes for 381 yards and six TDs. He averaged 13.6 yards per reception over his career. As a graduate in 2017, he grabbed 15 passes for 244 yards and one TD.
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