Willie Smith
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Smith at Redskins training camp in 2011.
No. 71     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Smithfield, North Carolina
Career information
College: East Carolina
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 2011)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Games played     29
Games started     11

Willie Junior Smith (born November 13, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for East Carolina University.

He also played for the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.

Professional career

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

2011 season

On July 28, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed Smith as an undrafted free agent.[3] Due to the suspension of Trent Williams, he 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, Smith 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

During training camp in 2012, 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

On September 1, 2012, Smith was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders.[9] On September 27, 2013, he was released.

San Diego Chargers

On November 18, 2013, Smith signed a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.[10]

Second Stint with Redskins

Smith re-signed with the Redskins on June 2, 2015.[11] He was released on August 31.[12]

Carolina Panthers

On August 18, 2016, Smith signed with the Carolina Panthers.[13] He was released by the Panthers on August 28, 2016.[14]

References

  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 July 28, 2011.
  4. Jones, Mike (December 11, 2011). "Fill-in tackles Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus impress Coach Mike Shanahan". WashingtonPost.com. https://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 December 11, 2011.
  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 December 18, 2011.
  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 January 17, 2012.
  7. Whyno, Stephen (July 26, 2012). "Redskins place Jammal Brown on PUP list with hip soreness". WashingtonTimes.com. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/redskins-watch/2012/jul/26/redskins-place-jammal-brown-pup-list-hip-soreness/. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  8. Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins’ cutdown day begins". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/08/31/redskins-release-qb-jonathan-crompton/. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  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/.
  10. Gehlken, Michael (November 18, 2013). "Chargers sign Willie Smith ex-Raiders Tackle". UTSanDiego.com. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/18/chargers-sign-willie-smith-raiders-tackle/. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  11. Walker, Andrew (June 2, 2015). "Redskins Bring Back Tackle Willie Smith". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Bring-Back-Tackle-Willie-Smith/399180d2-c382-4cb3-bfbb-8de671cbaaf8. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  12. Keim, John (August 31, 2015). "Washington Redskins cut 13 players, including Willie Smith". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/19471/washington-redskins-cut-13-players-including-willie-smith. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  13. Henson, Max. "Panthers sign OT Willie Smith". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-OT-Willie-Smith/e7bbd17a-a0b8-459d-9dda-6cb17593cb71.
  14. "Willie Smith". foxsports.com. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/willie-smith-player-transactions. Retrieved July 26, 2017.

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