Willie Smith
Smith at Redskins training camp in 2011.
No. 79     Oakland Raiders
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Smithfield, North Carolina
High School: Kenly (NC) North Johnston
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
College: East Carolina
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 2011)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     13
Games started     10

Willie Junior Smith (born November 13, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for East Carolina University.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

2011 NFL Combine[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in 310 lb 5.50 s 1.85 s 3.11 s 4.83 s 7.95 s 30.5 in 8 ft 10 in

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

2011 season[edit | edit source]

On July 28, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed Smith as an undrafted free agent.[3] Due to the suspension of Trent Williams, Smith played his first professional game in Week 14 of the 2011 season, rotating the left tackle position with Sean Locklear.[4] In Week 15 against the New York Giants, he would start his first game instead of Locklear.[5] He continued to start as the left tackle for the rest of the 2011 season. Smith has received praise for his ability to defend against elite pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Jared Allen, and Trent Cole, despite being a rookie.[6]

2012 season[edit | edit source]

During 2012 training camp, Smith split snaps at right tackle with Tyler Polumbus and Maurice Hurt after Jammal Brown was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.[7] He was released on August 31, 2012 for final cuts before the start of the 2012 season.[8]

Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

On September 1, 2012, Smith was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NFL Combine Profile
  2. NFL Draft Scout
  3. Fitzgerald, Gary (July 28, 2011). "Redskins Sign Three Undrafted Rookies". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Sign-Three-Undrafted-Rookies/58558595-d4fe-4ec8-8710-c3d8f36d8ae5. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
  4. Jones, Mike (December 11, 2011). "Fill-in tackles Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus impress Coach Mike Shanahan". WashingtonPost.com. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/post/fill-in-tackles-willie-smith-tyler-polumbus-impress-coach-mike-shanahan/2011/12/11/gIQAbAGCoO_blog.html. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  5. "Willie Smith starts for Sean Locklear at LT for Redskins". AOLSportingNews.com. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-12-18/smith-starts-for-locklear-at-lt-for-redskins. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  6. Fitzgerald, Gary (January 17, 2012). "Smith Stepped Up Against Elite Pass Rushers". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Smith-Stepped-Up-Against-Elite-Pass-Rushers/f6d7c071-fdf1-4035-9cb7-161943ce5228. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  7. Whyno, Stephen (July 26, 2012). "Redskins place Jammal Brown on PUP list with hip soreness". http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/redskins-watch/2012/jul/26/redskins-place-jammal-brown-pup-list-hip-soreness/. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  8. Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins’ cutdown day begins". WashingtonPost.com. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/08/31/redskins-release-qb-jonathan-crompton/. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  9. Corkran, Steve (September 1, 2012). "Raiders sign offensive tackle". Inside the Oakland Raiders. http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2012/09/01/report-raiders-sign-offensive-tackle/.

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