Chicago Bears: 5 Offensive linemen to target in 2021 NFL Draft
By Joseph Herff
Trey Smith, Offensive Guard, Tennessee
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 325 | Class: Sr.
Projection: Mid-Late Round 1
After Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith is the next best thing for the interior offensive linemen. Smith hasn’t had it easy since being a five-star recruit coming into Tennessee as he struggled to stay healthy with blood clots in his lungs. He missed all of 2018 with this issue and came back in 2019 to play at an extremely high level.
Smith isn’t a perfect guard at this point as he is a tad sloppy and needs some work before being completely NFL-ready, but he is a ridiculous guard that you can tell will make it at the next level. He can play anywhere along the offensive line as he started at left tackle in 2017 and now starts at left guard since 2019. He was an instant impact as a mauler in the run game with his natural power and athleticism. He creates massive running lanes for the Vols’ running backs.
Smith would be a good guard to compete with a one-year veteran next year. If Smith isn’t ready to start immediately, the veteran (i.e. Ifedi) can start one season while Smith learns to develop more technique and get familiar with the NFL speed.