Cowboys fans will be fired up after watching Mazi Smith's freakish workouts

Nov 13, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee
Nov 13, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee / Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

If there's one thing about the Dallas Cowboys' drafting strategy, it's that they love selecting athletes with high upside. That was evidenced in their first three picks, but none more so than No. 26 overall selection Mazi Smith out of Michigan.

Smith is viewed as the best pound-for-pound nose tackle in the class, and he's arguably the best athlete amongst defensive linemen.

In fact, before the 2022 season Bruce Feldman of The Athletic ranked Smith No. 1 on his annual college football "freaks" list. The purpose of the list is exactly what you think: highlight players who demonstrate freakish athleticsm.

At the Combine, Smith's athleticism score placed second among all defensive tackles. His 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press topped all defensive linemen. Last year, he powered through 20 reps of 325 pounds and maxed out at 550 pounds.

Somehow, those numbers don't do justice to Smith's emasculating workout videos. Check out the newest Cowboy literally overpowering the back row machine. There wasn't enough weight to go around so Michigan's trainers had to get more plates sent over in order for Smith to reach his goal of 800 pounds.

Mazi Smith's insane workout videos will get Cowboys fans fired up

Did Smith even break a sweat on those reps? It sure seems like the 6-foot-3, 327-pound monster left a handful of reps on the bone! Like we said, though, he had the machine topped out with 300 pounds on both sides before they called for more plates.

Here's what Feldman said of Smith's athletic ability.

""The 6-foot-3, 337-pound senior has rare power and agility. So rare, in fact, it’s hard to find the right superlative to begin with. But let’s start with this: Smith does 22 reps on the bench press, but that’s with 325 (not 225). He close-grip benched 550 pounds. He vertical-jumps 33 inches. He broad-jumped 9-4 1/2. Smith, who had 37 tackles last season, has clocked a 4.41 shuttle time, which would’ve tied the best by any defensive tackle at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, and it would’ve been better than any defensive tackle weighing 310 pounds or more in the past decade. His 6.95 3-cone time would’ve been by far the fastest among defensive tackles in Indianapolis. The fastest was 7.33. Smith’s 60-yard shuttle time is 11.90.""

Perhaps Smith was preserving energy for his next logic-defying workout. Watch the former Wolverine (somehow) rip through the reactive plyo stairs test in 2.82 seconds. For context, Smith's former Michigan teammate Aidan Hutchinson, the No. 2 overall pick last year, did it in 2.57 seconds and is 60 pounds lighter than Smith.

Try watching this without your jaw hitting the floor.

You must be joking. Look at how thick those stairs are, folks. My joints hurt just thinking about running up them, and Smith made it to the top in less than three (!) seconds on sheer leg and core strength. Who needs arms for balance and direction when you can simply be Mazi Smith?

The Cowboys roster better come correct during offseason workouts because Smith might run circles around some players in the weight room on day one.

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