Smith's combination of size and raw power could make him a difference-maker at guard in the pros
Teams looking to improve the interior of their offensive line will have plenty of options at guard and center to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Trey Smith. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the mammoth guard from Tennessee.
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Trey Smith Draft Profile
Smith was a man among boys at the collegiate level. He has mammoth size and the raw power to match, a bully in the phone booth who often resets the line of scrimmage as soon as he fires off the line. When he climbs to the second level, he absolutely obliterates defenders. When moving out into space, he often gets to where he’s going because he’s impossible to knock off-track. As a pass protector, he’s nimble enough that he survived at left tackle before moving inside.
Medicals will be the biggest question, as Smith missed half his sophomore season due to blood clots in his lungs. He was also more uneven than you’d like from a top prospect; it took him a little while to round back into form after returning from the blood clots as a junior, and he didn’t dominate as he probably should have as a senior. He doesn’t have great range working in space, and too often his feet go dead in pass protection.
Medicals are the big question, but Smith has the raw power to be a difference-maker. Teams looking to establish the power run game will consider him in Round 1.
Final Grade: 2nd round