Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft before Monday's deadline for underclassmen, AL.com reported Thursday evening.
Smith broke out in 2018, his junior season, with 44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1 average) and seven touchdowns, earning second-team All-SEC honors. Each of the latter figures set single-season records for an Alabama tight end.
Smith also had 14 catches for 128 yards and three scores in 2017, after not recording any stats in nine games as a freshman.
Most outlets peg Smith as a contender to be the top tight end in the class, with a shot to go in Round 1.
Smith's father, Irv Smith Sr., was a tight end taken 20th overall in the 1993 draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played five years in New Orleans, then with the San Francisco 49ers (1998) and Cleveland Browns (1999), totaling 183 catches for 1,788 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.
Several other Crimson Tide underclassmen are expected to make decisions about their futures in the next few days.