Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith did not get taken in the seven round of the NFL draft but he did get signd as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a great spot for Smith since Tampa Bay currently has only three quarterbacks on their roster with Mike Glennon, Josh McCown and Mike Kafka. Smith has a realistic shot at beating out Kafka and being the third quarterback for Tampa Bay.
Smith is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and rated as the No. 8 quarterback in the draft and 130th overall, according to Mocking The Draft. So, this was a great pickup for the Buccaneers, at least by these pre draft rankings.
Smith was a three-year starter for Wyoming but he decided to forgo his final year of eligibility once head coach Dave Christensen was let go. Some are calling Smith a poor man's Johnny Manziel and is a real value pick by being signed after the draft.
Smith had 29 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while also throwing for 3,375 and completing 62.5 percent of his passes during his senior year; as for rushing, Smith 571 yards and four touchdowns. While Smith can be an elusive quarterback he was not a run first player despite averaging 10 rushes per game. He would be patient in the pocket before taking off and other runs would come in the read-option game. Plus, the offensive line for Wyoming was not all that great which led to at least two to three rushes per game.
This sums up Smith's play in his scouting report:
Brett Smith hasn't gotten as much publicity as many other NFL quarterback prospects and things weren't made any better when he was snubbed for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith has been described as a "more polished" or even "poor mans" Johnny Manziel and one is left to ponder what Smith would've been like at a school like Texas A&M instead of Wyoming?
One could argue Smith could possibly be the most athletic quarterback prospect in the draft. During Wyoming's Pro-Day in Laramie, Smith recorded an "official" 4.51 40-yard dash and a broad jump of 10-foot-8 to go along with 10-inch hands. Both his forty and broad jump would've put him at the top of the NFL Combine for all quarterbacks.
Here are highlights of Smith: