The Kansas City Chiefs are linked to Trey Smith in the latest mock draft from CBS Sports.
While our eyes are still on the prize of a second straight Super Bowl run, we also can’t help but remain interested in what draftniks are saying about the 2021 NFL Draft and how things might play out. The latest mock is out from Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports, and for the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s got the team linked to Trey Smith of the University of Tennessee.
Smith is an absolute mauler in the college ranks for Tennessee, a sure-fire first-round talent who has some questionable medicals in his history after missing a year due to blood clots in 2018. For any team who takes him, a physical and a survey of those records are going to be the turning point for taking him, but the frame at 6’6, 330 lbs. is there as is the body of work that shows how much he can dominate the best talent college football has to offer.
As for the on-field perspective, Wilson writes the following about Smith and the Chiefs:
"The Chiefs have very few holes on offense but Kelechi Osemele is an unrestricted free agent after the season and Andrew Wylie will be a restricted free agent. Smith, who played tackle earlier in his career, is a road grader on the interior."
As for the fit, we could not agree more, positionally speaking. If the Chiefs liked Smith’s medicals, the idea of adding such a young, top-flight talent along the inside would be a breath of fresh air after the carousel of players who have started games at every interior spot over the last few years, especially left guard.
At this point, Osemele just tore tendons in both knees in his thirties and was a one-year signing as is. Unless Martinas Rankin or Nick Allegretti prove they are an above average performer going forward into 2021, it makes all kinds of sense for the Chiefs to focus early on their offensive front in the draft, knowing they will also bring Lucas Niang into the fold as well.