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Offensive Tackle Willie Smith Got Jiggy On Defense Too

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 28, 2011 – 5:28 pm

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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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5 Responses to “Offensive Tackle Willie Smith Got Jiggy On Defense Too”

  1. By michael on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m happy that u talked about someone undrafted. I can’t find any info on who we picked up. Also I know u are tired of hearing this but wt is up w/ firing Terl? Was there a blog-off or something? Now all I see is wt u are blogging on here. Terl was a good blogger and I have yet to reach a verdict on u sir but I think its completely crappy to not acknowledge his contributions/why he was canned. Also please write on who we’ve signed. Yes its “not official” but you can say its “not official” then every time you blog about a potential signing. Rumors are interesting also. Just sayin…not hatin-Hail!

  2. By Seth on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Not a fan of the red skins but did stumble across this article for a different reason. I watched all 13 games of “Big Willie’s” 2005 season because he played at the high school I play at right now. One thing the article left out was that he used to play WR back in his high school days!

  3. By NOJOfootball2005 on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    ^^^TE, not WR. Willie is a heck of a player and an even better guy. It was always an honor to share the field with him back in the high school days.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    @NOJOfootball2005-

    Oh really? He said he got split out wide from time to time, so I figured he did a little bit of everything. Very cool stuff though, seems like a really good guy

  5. By jamal howell on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    that man is a beast on the field

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