Former Tennessee Vols star Trey Smith was named one of the most underrated players in the NFL this week by Sports Illustrated.

Conor Orr, an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, named the most underrated player on each AFC team and he went with Smith for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Smith was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft (No. 226 overall).

Here’s what had to say about Smith:

Chiefs-Bengals, final week of the season, a third-and-2. Smith, who was a rookie sixth-round pick was heads-up on the very talented Larry Ogunjobi. Ogunjobi drifted to Smith’s right, engaging the right tackle, leaving Smith without someone to block in a critical short-yardage situation. So, after barely turning his head, he shoulder-checked DJ Reader to the ground, freeing up center Creed Humphrey. While Smith had the benefit of playing with some incredible players last year, you don’t become a great offensive lineman with Patrick Mahomes as your quarterback by accident. Mahomes takes longer than almost any elite quarterback in football to throw, and we saw bad lineman get exposed at the hands of able blitzers in Kansas City’s Super Bowl LV loss to the Buccaneers. Teams will find you and expose you if you can’t hang. Smith, who played more than any guard in football last year, can most certainly hang.

Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs guard Trey Smith (65) prepares to block Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ulysees Gilbert (54) in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Smith is easily one of the biggest draft steals in recent history. The fact he’s performing at a high level in the NFL isn’t a shock to Vols fans. The Tennessee native had always been viewed as having first-round talent — dating back to his days as a five-star recruit out of Jackson, TN.

The only reason Smith fell to the sixth round was because of health concerns. Smith dealt with blood clots in his lungs in college, which cast doubt on his future pro football career.

Smith, however, managed to overcome the health concerns in college and played in the final 23 games of his Tennessee career.

At this point, I think most Chiefs and Vols fans are well aware of Smith’s elite talent. The only reason we could call him underrated is because the rest of the NFL might not know how good he is.

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