After tumbling all the way down to round six of the 2021 NFL Draft, former Tennessee guard Trey Smith couldn’t have asked for a better landing spot. The Kansas City Chiefs, fresh off of back to back appearances in the Super Bowl, selected the former five-star recruit on day three.
On Thursday, the Chiefs inked Smith to his first NFL contract.
We have officially signed each of our 2021 draft picks! pic.twitter.com/rionMlXtyq— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 13, 2021
The two-time All-SEC selection went 226th overall, a likely result of his medical history. Smith was twice sidelined due to an ongoing battle with blood clots in his lungs. However, Smith was able to put those issues behind him, stringing together back to back seasons at full strength.
Still, in a COVID-distanced draft process, the medical checks proved to be challenging. The once can’t miss prospect slid all the way to Kansas City in round six, who can afford a bit of a gamble here as they try to keep Patrick Mahomes protected.
For Smith, it will be a four-year deal worth an estimated $3.6 million. It will include an estimated $130,000 signing bonus, per Spotrac.
Smith will wear No. 65 for the Chiefs. He will begin rookie minicamp today in Kansas City.