Latest Mock Draft Projects Trey Smith As Top-50 Pick, Reuniting With Former Teammates

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Trey Smith's draft stock has fluctuated throughout the course of his career due to unforeseen circumstances. Before his career and life were impacted by pulmonary emboli, Smith looked poised to be a first-round NFL pick, possibly a top-fifteen pick.

Smith chose not to opt for the 2020 NFL Draft instead of coming back to Tennessee to finish his degree and fulfill the wishes of his late mother, Dorsetta Smith.

While Tennessee went 3-7 last fall, Smith improved his draft stock, and he has inched closer to the first round.

According to the latest Sports Illustrated Draft Bible Mock Draft, Smith is projected to go 43rd overall to the San Francisco 49ers. Smith will be the 3rd interior offensive lineman to come off the board if the projection holds true.  Being drafted by the 49ers would reunite him with former teammates Jauan Jennings and Emmanuel Moseley.

"That's pretty simple," Smith said told reporters about what he had improved the most in 2020. "If you look at my medical situation, which is one of the main factors of why I returned, I think I've definitely nullified any issues with that. I've been practicing more. Obviously, I'm playing a full season without any major injuries or issues. My medical situation is absolutely perfect and clear. I think I've improved my stock and have taken those 'what ifs' off the table even more with NFL teams in the future."

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