The Chiefs have signed undrafted free agent LB Corey Smith from Cincinnati.
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 30 to Smith and ranked him as the 28th OLB.
You can check out his Cincinnati profile here.
Smith was told by several NFL teams that he was on there draft boards and that he could possibly be a draft choice late on the second day, but he didn’t let being undrafted change his laid back attitude. And that paid off shortly after he received texts and calls from friends and family consoling him on not being selected.
“After all the messages, I got up to drive back … to my mom’s house. I was driving across the bridge, and my phone rang once and it came up ‘Unknown,’ and I knew it was an NFL coach. So I missed the phone call, and I couldn’t call them back. That’s once in a lifetime, they might not call again and just move on to the next guy.”
They did call back, however, and it was Kansas City Chiefs Director of Pro Personnel Ray Farmer to ask questions of Smith assuming that his agents at Metro Sports Agency had already told him the good news — that the Chiefs wanted to sign Smith to a two-year deal and bring him into camp as a free agent. Smith said the work in his minor — forensic science — helped keep him grounded through the whole process.
“Most of my classes were taught by people in the field, detectives, coroners, and they would bring pictures and video of the actual crime scenes. Some of the stories were as recent as (the weekend before). It was definitely life-changing.”
Another linebacker brought in and by all accounts a smart kid at that. Smith definitely fits the profile of a Scott Pioli player and if he can overcome his size (5-11/200) and prove himself on special teams then he could find his way onto the 53 man roster. At the very least I would keep an eye on Smith to be earmarked for the practice squad, along with a handful of other true “football players”.