UPDATE: Smith went undrafted and now enters the deep pool of rookie free-agents. The good news for Smith is he can play fullback, linebacker and contribute on special teams. That versatility will help his chances of getting a contract and ultimately landing on a roster and/or practice squad.
Boise State Pro Day
Bench Press: 16
3-Cone Drill: 7.1
20-yd Shuttle: 4.24
60-yd Shuttle: 11.6
With the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, guys like former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor have already seen their dreams come true.
For sleeper-picks like former Bronco linebacker Tommy Smith though, the waiting game continues.
"It's been pretty stressful at times," Smith said, not knowing when or where he will go. "Hopefully a team calls me and I get drafted."
With 97 picks out of the way, only 157 remain as of Saturday morning. While the premier talent seems to have been swooped up during the first two days of the draft, don't be fooled, because plenty more remains.
You will not find Smith's name on any lists that rank the top players at his position. But that doesn't mean organizations haven't taken notice.
"I heard from a little over a half dozen teams and my agent talked to some teams," said Smith as he explained what has transpired following his workout at Boise State's pro day on March 21. "Right now, it's just a waiting game."
Amongst those that have come calling are the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons. The latter of the two even brought in the former Boise State fullback, linebacker and special teams standout for an upclose look.
"I'm just trying to get my foot in the door", Smith explained, who is willing to contribute any way he can. "If I go as a fullback or a linebacker, it doesn't matter to me."
"However they want to use me, whatever they need me to do for the team, whatever my role is going to be on the team, I will do it."
While Smith possesses impressive physical attributes, the Atlanta, Georgia-native says what separated him are his instincts and football smarts.
"I think Boise State did a great job. They groomed us well," said Smith as he recalled what he learned over the last five years.
"We learned at Boise State that we were going to have to be able to get up on the board and be able to explain our job and how we fit into the defense. So I think I did pretty good when it came to those things," explained Smith following his workout with the Falcons.
Smith says he will wait patiently for an opporuntity this weekend in the comfort of his own home with his family surrounding him. While he seemed to stress at the thought of having to potentially wait through all 254 picks before a team calls him, he quickly remembered what that would even mean and quickly any worries disappeared.
"It's always been a dream to play in the NFL," said Smith.
"Every kid who plays football wants to see that happen," he added. "I would like for it to happen."