Most of us have concluded that the Kansas City Chiefs’ sixth-round selection of former Tennessee guard and All-SEC performer Trey Smith was a steal. He was a big-time high school recruit and a starting offensive lineman all four seasons in college, but he was selected much later than his talent would suggest because of his medical history.
If you aren’t as convinced that Smith was a total steal, this video may change your mind. Former Chiefs lineman Geoff Schwartz invited Smith on FOX Sports’ Big Boys Club — a series of discussions with offensive line draft prospects from the 2021 NFL Draft.
The final segment of Big Boys Club is with new @Chiefs offensive lineman @TreySmith73— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) July 7, 2021
We get on the white board to discuss some Xs and Os. It easy to why the Chiefs got a steal with Trey Smith in the 6th round. Check it out
At first, Schwartz asked Smith to draw up his favorite run play from college — an inside zone play that he labeled “Red Ohio.” Schwartz marvels at the details and clarity that Smith uses to diagram the offensive and defensive formations.
“Look at how professional this is,” Schwartz pointed out. “Do you know how many guys come up there and just draw scribbles? Really it’s a pet peeve of mine, when guys don’t know how to write legible defenses.”
After thoroughly explaining each blockers’ responsibility in great detail, he then explained how the running back adjusts his running lane based on the blocking. Knowing every player’s role — including the ball carrier — shows that he understands the big picture of offensive philosophies. That’s an essential trait for an NFL offensive lineman, especially in Andy Reid’s system.
Later, Schwartz points out that Smith is a “fantastic” puller — directing him to draw his favorite “gap concept.”
“This is my personal favorite play,” Smith emphasized. “When they call this play, it’s my time to shine. Someone is getting knocked out.”
The play requires the left guard — the position Smith played in 2020 — to pull and kick out the defensive end on the opposite side of the line. He thoroughly explains the rest of the offense’s responsibility after that.
Throughout the video, it’s apparent that Smith both understands football and is passionate about it. He articulates the nuances of the game well and communicated the complex things of the game very clearly. I believe there is something to the ease in which Smith could break those things down and how much he enjoyed doing it.
His ability to pull and perform trap blocks is also an interesting nugget. The Chiefs have typically run zone-blocking schemes as their primary run-game, but the transition to bigger, more powerful linemen may hint at a move to more gap-run schemes. There is more pulling and trapping in gap-run schemes, and that would fit the style of a player like Smith.
If you still aren’t convinced Smith was a steal, you’ll have an opportunity to see him play against NFL competition in roughly a month. I have a feeling he’ll hold up.