NFL Dreams

Will Smith

After a stellar senior season and a very good pro day Texas Tech linebacker Will Smith hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.

Texas Tech linebacker Will Smith recently had a stellar workout at Texas Tech's Pro Day.

Smith hit 4.68 on his 40-yard dash and nailed the 37.5 mark on his vertical jump.

"I felt very relaxed and I was confident in my training. I just went out there and competed with my other teammates."

The 6-foot-2 Riverside, Calif. native finished third in the Big 12 Conference in tackles and led Texas Tech in sacks. His 120 tackles were over 40 more than the next player (Tre' Porter with 76) on the list. Smith finished with more than four sacks producing 25 yards in losses.

Texas Tech has a legacy of defensive players in the NFL including former pro bowlers Zach Thomas and Marcus Coleman. Other notable members of the legacy include first round draft pick Gabriel Rivera and E.J. Holub. Holub was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961 as a center, but became the only player to start on each side of the ball in the Super Bowl.

Smith said it would be an honor to continue the tradition.

Recent history is not on Smith's side though. The last player drafted from a Texas Tech defense is Jamar Wall, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2009 draft.

Prior to Texas Tech, Smith played at Riverside Community College in his hometown. After signing with Tech, he had to continue adapting to different coaches. In two seasons at Tech, Smith played under three head coaches, including an interim in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, and two defensive coordinators. Smith feels his adaptability is a good reason why NFL scouts should want him for their team.

"I just feel like being through so many defenses that you've seen so many different schemes and everybody has their own different way of coaching and technique that they want you to use, so they just happen to give me a good variety, so I have a good understanding of coaching variety and what people are expecting."

Smith will be at his home in Riverside waiting for his name to be called during the draft. He described how special the moment would be if it came true.

"It would mean everything. It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid."

Just before our conversation ended, Smith had some words for Raiderland.

"Thanks for the two years. I will always be a Red Raider."

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