According to a scouting service used by the NFL, Tennessee Football has the No. 1 senior prospect in the country heading into the 2020 season.
Trey Smith is a fan favorite in Knoxville among Tennessee Football fans and it looks like that’s the case for NFL scouting service National Football Scouting.
NFS is also a big fan of Smith as it has ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in college football among rising seniors. That will likely come as no surprise for many Tennessee football fans, but for other fans across the country, it might come as a shock because Tennessee hasn’t been in the spotlight, or even necessarily good, since Smith arrived in Knoxville.
Before you know it, the 2021 NFL Draft will be a few weeks away and the college football season will have come and gone, or not.
According to Albert Breer, the scouting service ranked Smith No. 1 in the country based on its most recent draft grades.
"“Smith is a great story—he came back from a significant issue with blood clots in 2018—and a really, really good prospect,” Smith said. “If he’s what he was in 2019, and he was first-team All-SEC last year, he’s a good bet to go in the first round.”"
This doesn’t mean that Smith will be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft or even a top-ten pick. Based on their grading scale, they still have Smith as a late first-round pick or a second-round pick.
The grading scale is as follows: 9.0-plus=First overall pick/Hall of Fame, 8.0-8.9=top 10, 7.0-7.9=first round, 6.5-6.9=late first/second, and 6.0-6.4=second/third round.
Smith was graded at 6.91 which put him in the “late first/second” category and he’s on the verge of locking in a first-round grade.