To cap it all off, Smith was named the Holiday Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player in his final game as a Red Raider. He recorded 14 tackles, two for a loss, leading Texas Tech to a 37-23 victory over No. 14 ranked Arizona State. As a potential NFL prospect, Smith impressed at his pro-day. He ran a 4.59-second 40-yard time and posted an impressive 37 1/2-inch vertical jump. CBS Sport’s Nolan Nawrocki gave this evaluation of Smith prior to the NFL Draft that makes it seems he was destined to play for Dallas:
“(Smith) was asked to buzz the deep middle and has intriguing range and cover range. Makes plays to the sideline and can run the field. Functional tackler. Intriguing blitz potential — times up the snap and can make himself small and take an edge…Bottom Line: (Smith is) s run-and-hit, fast-flowing speed linebacker most ideally suited for a Tampa-2 front. Has the speed and range to compete for a job on special teams readily and develop as a linebacker.”
Derek Spearman, Smith’s NFL agent, shared his excitement over his client’s signing. And wasn’t surprised he landed in Big “D”.
“Will was able to perform excellent during his bowl game,” said Spearman. “Winning MVP of that game really opened up a lot of scouts’ eyes to his abilities. It’s no shock to me that the Cowboys drafted him.”
Checkout the audio/video of Smith’s phone call from Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, and the rest of the defensive coaches after he was selected in the seventh round (#238 overall) of the NFL Draft earlier this month.