This probably won’t come as a surprise to Tennessee Vols fans, but Trey Smith is already making his presence felt in a big way with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Smith, a former Vol offensive lineman, was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
There were plenty of folks who believed Smith was a first-round talent. He fell to the sixth round mostly because of his scary history with blood clots, which almost ended his career at Tennessee.
It didn’t take Smith long at training camp this week to prove that Kansas City got a major steal by landing the former Vol in the sixth round.
According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Smith was running with the first-team offensive line on Wednesday.
First team OL from left to right as Chiefs begin camp: Brown, Thuney, Humphrey, Trey Smith, Remmers. So they’re sticking with Smith at RG over Duvernay-Tardif for now at leaat
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) July 28, 2021
It’s not unusual to see a lot of different offensive line combinations early in training camp. And we’ve seen plenty of “training camp heroes” who get first-team reps early, only to find out later they didn’t even make the final 53-man roster.
When it comes to Smith, however, it sounds like the first-team reps are legitimate.
“He’s done a nice job,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid of Smith on Wednesday. “He showed enough to legitimately be in that position right now. He’s got to compete. We’ll see how all of that goes when we get the pads on.”
Smith obviously has a lot to prove during training camp, but I wouldn’t advise betting against him.
The former Tennessee standout has done nothing but defy the odds in his career. I wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon.
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