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NFL Draft results: Chiefs pick Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith at No. 226

With their sixth pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Kansas City takes a guard.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 South Carolina at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith at pick No. 226 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.


Trey Smith | 6’ 6” | 330 lbs | Tennessee

Jackson, TN

Grade (round): Fourth

Background: Former five-star recruit that was regarded as the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class by ESPN. Three-time All-SEC. Recipient of the Jason Witten Award at Tennesee, commending his work in the community and leadership on the football team.

Strengths: Smith is a massive human; he has the power to maul defenders in a phone booth. His heavy hands can knock defenders off balance with a punch, and then he wants to finish you off in the dirt. He can create movement in the run game; once he is locked in, there aren’t many guys that aren’t going to get moved by him. He has some of the best functional strength in this class. Smith plays with a mean streak and has the mentality of a throwback offensive guard. He would excel in a power scheme that allows him to play on the tracks. Smith has strong hands and does an excellent job of absorbing power in pass pro and using his length to lock out defenders, with strong enough hands to keep them in place. Smith knows what his strengths are, and he works his best to make sure he is put in a position to dominate the opponent across from him to physically dominate the opponent across from him.

Weaknesses: He does not have the best scheme versatility. Teams that like to play a lot of outside zone will want to stay away from him. He plays with heavy feet, struggles to get to the second level and does not have the required athleticism to play in space. He can play high at times and looks like a big man that struggles with flexibility. Relies too much on his strength, and it will get him in trouble with his technique. Hands can get outside too often, and he will get called for a lot of holds. From a technical standpoint, he has a long way to go. Quicker athletes who can convert speed to power will give him issues at the next level.

How he fits with the Chiefs: The Chiefs can be confusing about what they like on the interior; last year, they went out and got some big bodies. This year, they acquired two athletic movers to play along the interior. It is hard to tell if they will like Smith, as they have given mixed signals about their type. One thing Smith has that KC has selected in the past is background as a tackle. Smith does an excellent job in pass pro and would be fine in KC there, and Osemele was playing well for the Chiefs last year, and that is someone he compares to well.

Chiefs Draft Picks

  • Second round (58th): Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton
  • Second round (63rd): Oklahoma offensive lineman Creed Humphrey
  • Fourth round (144th): Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh
  • Fifth round (162nd): Duke tight end Noah Gray
  • Fifth round (181st): Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell
  • Sixth round (226th): Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith