With their final pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the KC Chiefs got an absolute steal with Tennessee guard Trey Smith. This is yet another pick that can bolster the offensive line.
This has been a tremendous draft for the Kansas City Chiefs and the latest example of that is their selection of Tennessee guard Trey Smith, who plummeted to the sixth round. The Chiefs have made it a point to grab players of value in this draft, landing two potential first-rounders in the second round and now getting Smith at the end of the sixth round.
Smith was pretty ticked off that teams continued to pass on him and that kind of anger will hopefully motivate him to be a game-changing player for the Chiefs.
The KC Chiefs might have just found their starting right guard with the selection of Trey Smith.
Smith was the No. 132 prospect on The Draft Network’s list of 2021 prospects and fell this deep in the draft. They have him listed as a starting guard in the NFL and the Chiefs just landed him with the No. 226 pick in the draft. Smith played right guard at Tennessee too, which is the only position along the offensive line that has major question marks moving forward.
LDT is returning this year and the Chiefs signed Kyle Long as well but neither player took any snaps in 2020. Smith might not start in 2021 but he certainly could be the Chiefs’ future right guard. How can you not love this pick?
Per his draft profile on The Draft Network,
"While Smith is a massive and powerful people-mover, his high-hipped frame makes it challenging for him to play with consistent leverage and takes away from his functional strength, which is his best asset. Smith has room for technical growth, but his ceiling is as a starting guard in a gap/power run scheme with little appeal for any other scheme or position. There are some unfortunate medical notes with Smith who dealt with blood clots in his lungs in February 2018 and they appeared again in October 2018. He underwent a six-month regiment of blood-thinning medication and baby aspirin to get him ready to play in 2019."
Smith likely dropped down draft boards due to the blood clots he had in his lungs but as The Draft Network noted, he has played football since they were discovered. Maybe this scared teams off but the Chiefs are more than willing to give the Tennessee guard a shot to compete for them.
Smith’s hunger to be the best player he can be and to prove those who doubted him wrong is exactly what Chiefs Kingdom wants to see. Fantastic pick by Brett Veach and the Kansas City Chiefs’ front office.