Chiefs’ Trey Smith plans to make teams regret not drafting him

By naming the Chiefs Trey Smith to his rookie squadPro Football Focus noted that he was the sixth running blocker among NFL right guards in 2021.

Smith, who allowed just 2 1/2 sacks, was also on the Pro Football Writers of America rookie squad.

Not bad for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, right?

That slide to day three of the draft proved to be fuel for Smith, who wants to make the other 31 NFL teams pay for his retirement.

Smith, who is 6-foot-6 and 329 pounds, joined the “J-Mart and Ramon” radio show in Nashville, and talked about that motivation.

“Sometimes it’s definitely a thought that crosses my mind,” Smith said. “I talked to you, Ramon (Foster), I think it was the Orange & White Game (in Tennessee). You were telling me, play with a chip on your shoulder. Let them smell you every time. These teams got into it, there’s no hate because at the end of the day, that’s the business. But at the end of the day, I know who I am as a player and I want them to know what they missed.

Smith, who played at the University of Tennessee, was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs in 2018and that may have deterred some teams from drafting him.

But he’s thrilled to be with the Chiefs.

“You just have to trust God’s plan. That was the first thing, I just had to trust him,” Smith said. “Obviously a lot of things didn’t go the way I wanted. As you said, I couldn’t find myself in a better situation, a better organization, a place that can develop me and my growth there. I’m really excited about this. Really excited to have landed there because I could have landed in a worse situation.

Smith spoke with radio hosts on a number of topics, and here’s what he had to say about the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomesthe departure of Tyreek Hill, the crazy playoff win over Buffalo and what makes Andy Reid such a great coach.

Tyreek Hill Trade

Smith was caught off guard by the trade that sent star receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. But he can’t blame Hill for chasing the big payday ($130 million, four-year deal).

“Yeah, the coaches are going to do what they think is best for the organization and for the team. And I can’t blame Tyreek; he gets paid,” Smith said. to get paid, but he has to do what’s best for him. I’m really excited to see what he’s doing in Miami, I wish him luck.

Smith said he was blown away by Hill.

“I love watching Tyreek. He’s one of the coolest guys to watch on the pitch. I’ve never seen anybody move like that. The attitude, the demeanor, the swag he brings to the field is fun to watch, man. It was fun to be there.

Despite Hill’s loss, Smith has faith in the Chiefs’ front office and the team he’s built for the 2022 season.

“I think our front office is doing a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best front offices in the league,” he said. “I think they did a fantastic job in the draft and really charged up, so we’re ready and in a good position this year.”

On the AFC West

While much of the attention on the AFC West has focused on the big four starting quarterbacks, Smith took note of all the moves the teams made on the defensive side of the ball.

Smith will now face Khalil Mack of the Chargers, Chandler Jones of the Raiders and Randy Gregory of the Broncos.

“It’s going to be extremely, extremely competitive,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of parity in the league when it comes to finishing close games and I guess the number of d-line players in the AFC West alone, it’s going to be a big challenge this year. Something we’re ready for, but it’s going to be a big challenge. I mean, they really accumulated a lot of talent in all areas.

On Chris Jones

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Joneswho weighs 6-6 and 298 pounds, made a first impression on Smith.

“I got into OTAs and I remember seeing him doing some exercises. He’s so big,” Smith said. “Someone that big isn’t supposed to move that well. And then going to boot camp last year, just thinking about it, hearing the stories, (people say) ‘He’s going to make your life miserable.’ Taking on this challenge but working against Chris… you won’t find many d-linemen better than this.

“So what a blessing it is to be able to play against them day after day in training camp and improve.”

On Coach Andy Reid

Smith was asked what it was like to play for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

“Coach Reid, he’s a great man,” Smith said. “One of the best coaches I’ve played for. A great man. A man of his word, and he’s very fair in what he does. But when it’s time to work, you go to work, and I respect always that with him. And honestly, it’s a blessing to be able to play for someone like that, a future Hall of Famer, a legend. It’s been a great experience.

Smith said he used to play Madden NFL 06, and the intro was from Super Bowl LX which shows the Eagles playing the Patriots. Philadelphia’s coach at the time was Reid, so it’s surreal for Smith to be coached now by the real Reid.

“I remember seeing it, it’s the coach on the sidelines (in the video game),” Smith said. “It’s crazy. At the end of the day I get drafted, and here he is in a boardroom, sitting next to him, being coached by him, but it’s been a great experience.

About Patrick Mahomes

The conversation turned to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomesin whom Smith says he has complete confidence.

“We’ve all seen him do crazy throws, crazy reads, but I think what always stands out about Patrick is the type of person he is,” Smith said. “Humble. He’s a leader. Does the right things on and off the pitch every time. Great guy. Can’t ask for more in terms of a leader, and just being able to play with him, walk with Pat, I know that we have a chance. It’s my job to keep it clean and give it a chance.

Smith’s first memory of Mahomes was the Chiefs 54-51 loss to Rams on “Monday Night Football”. Mahomes threw six touchdown passes that night.

“It was a crazy performance. And then, through the University of Tennessee, through a program that we have with our sports management program, I was able to actually work on the 2019 Super Bowl,” Smith said. “I was in Miami, watched the Chiefs play and win. So being able to get drafted and boom, here I am walking around the complex, practicing with the man.

“Watching it in person is a completely different thing. … When you turn on the tape and watch the movie, the way it does it is what blows your mind. Passes in the back, below it’s crazy to watch. He’s super talented, but he’s a great human being, a great person, a great leader.

Thirteen seconds

Smith spoke about the Chiefs’ 42-36 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC Divisional playoff game in January and how impressed he was with Mahomes and Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

“I think it’s the biggest and definitely the best game I’ve ever been in playing,” Smith said. “It’s something special to watch. Two people who are elite in their craft come and go, and it was a great duel between them. But playing with Patrick, I assure you, there will be another opportunity there, there will be other (great matches) in the future.

Unsurprisingly, Smith was asked about the Chiefs’ 13-second drive to force overtime.

“One of the biggest takeaways I have from this game, and one thing I just believed was how calm we all were on the touchline. We all knew the work we had to do. We knew the situation that was presented to us,” he said. “The coaches did a great job of laying out a plan that we review every week. We just went out there and executed.

Here is the full conversation with Smith.

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 10:24 a.m.

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