One of the best comeback stories in all of football over the last couple of years has come from Tennessee offensive guard Trey Smith, who battled back from blood clots to continue his football career.
After missing two offseasons after his freshman and sophomore years, Smith came back as strong as ever as a junior. Now finishing up his senior season, no medical issues have slowed him down recently, which has cleared the way for Smith to make his next move to the NFL.
The former five-star prospect accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl on Thursday night, which is the premier all-star game for prospects to interview with NFL organizations and while showing what they’ve got on the practice field all week.
BAM! It’s official!!! Welcome OL Trey Smith (@TreySmith73) from @Vol_Football to the @Reeses Senior Bowl!!! #PoweredByTheT #BestOfTheBest #VFL #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE@JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/w5R2og2wtk— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 18, 2020
Smith’s NFL projection from a pure talent perspective is an easy one — he has all the tools needed to be one of the first few offensive linemen selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, his medical situation will be something that NFL teams spend weeks and months gathering information on. His medical check at the NFL Combine will be a big moment, as teams will be able to make their own determinations.
If all goes according to plan, Smith could very well end up being a late first round pick. He opted to come back to Tennessee to prove that his health issues were in his rearview mirror, which he’s seemingly done in 2020.
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 30th. The practices will take place earlier in the week, and will be broadcasted live by NFL Network.