The New York Jets snagged a couple of high-level defenders in the first round of this mock draft. Here, they get some offensive help by adding offensive lineman Trey Smith to the mix.
Smith was a dominant left tackle as a true freshman in 2017 and seemed to be on his way to being a high NFL Draft selection someday. Unfortunately, Smith dealt with blood clots in his lungs prior to and during the 2018 season. This health issues not only threatened his playing career, but also his life.
Smith made a return to the field in 2019, lining up for Tennessee at the left guard position. He showed fantastic power at the point of attack on his return and was an absolute road grader in the running game. Smith clears out rushing lanes with absolute ease in the middle of the field. He is quick off of the ball and shows tremendous power in his hands. Once Smith gets his hands on the opposing defender, it is typically game over.
As impressive as Smith is as a run blocker, he is undoubtedly a much better blocker moving forward. He is a solid overall pass protector but is not overly smooth when setting up in a vertical pass set. Smith is always better when he is attacking the defender as opposed to kicking back and setting up vertically.
Smith is likely best suited as an offensive guard at the next level. However, he may have the athletic profile needed to play tackle if his NFL team wants to give him a shot there. The New York Jets take a chance on an offensive lineman with massive upside here. Whether they give him a chance to snag their right tackle spot or just immediately stick him at guard, Smith would quickly become an important part of their offense.