Despite being a big fan of 90’s hip-hop, I pledge not to force the connection between undrafted free agent offensive tackle Willie Smith and the Fresh Prince. At least not to his face.
At 6-5, 310 pounds, Smith is not your prototypical offensive tackle, which is part of why he went undrafted. He is, however, a good developmental guy with a track record success at ECU. The thing that jumped off the paper to me was that he’s only been playing on the offensive side of the ball for two years, but was still one of the most coveted undrafted linemen.
Coming out of high school, Smith was a highly touted defensive lineman. In 2005, he led his high school team with 107 tackles, 30 for a loss, 14 sacks, and four turnovers. Wow. Four years and 30 pounds later, he’s got a chance to make a pro roster on the other side of the ball.
The best part is that he wrote in his player bio at ECU that his favorite player is NFL is Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. No Bears on the schedule this year, but he may someday be responsible for protecting his quarterback from a Peppers blitz. I don’t think he’ll ask for his autograph after the game.
Like all undrafted free agent signings, this one is a low risk, high reward pick.
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