When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Trey Smith in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Tennessee Vols fans immediately knew it was thievery.
And it hasn’t taken long for Chiefs fans to realize it, too.
Smith, a Tennessee native who played for the Vols from 2017-2020, is already drawing high praise during training camp.
And this isn’t the typical “early season training camp hype” stuff — it’s legitimate.
Smith is absolutely dominating in Chiefs camp. He’s already listed as the starting right guard on Kansas City’s depth chart.
— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 9, 2021
I’m not familiar with every early training camp depth chart from the last 25 years, but I can’t imagine there are many sixth-round picks who end up being listed as starters in early August.
The former Vol is becoming a national story thanks to his incredible camp so far.
“The biggest star out of [Chiefs] training camp has not been Patrick Mahomes, hasn’t been Tyreek Hill, hasn’t been Clyde Edwards-Helaire, it is a rookie right guard named Trey Smith,” said Good Morning Football Host Peter Schrager this week.
“This guy is dominating the defensive line,” added Schrager.
“The amount of hype coming out of @Chiefs training camp for rookie OG Trey Smith is huge. There’s a small pocket of the Internet–all those terrific Chiefs blogs–where the rookie offensive guard is picking up Paul Bunyan level status.”-@PSchrags@ArrowheadPride @ArrowheadAddict pic.twitter.com/ZBYfa0zAA3
— GMFB (@gmfb) August 9, 2021
Smith fell to the sixth round because of health concerns (he dealt with blood clots during his time at Tennessee).
If you take those health issues out of the equation (Smith played in every game at UT the past two seasons), then there’s no doubt that Smith was one of the best overall players in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs are already one of the most talent-rich teams in the NFL. Getting a stud offensive lineman in the sixth round is only going to widen the gap between them and the rest of the AFC West.
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