Courtesy of Fayetteville State Athletics,
Fayetteville, NC (May 2, 2021) – Former Fayetteville State University standout Kion Smith will sign a free-agent contract with the National Football League Atlanta Falcons, according to Unlimited Success Sports Management, Inc.
Ecstatic about the May 12 reporting date, Kion was of very few words.
“I can’t wait to get to work.”
Kion Smith was an anchor on the Broncos offensive line since starting every game of his freshman campaign. He earned Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association First-Team All-Conference honors in his junior season as FSU’s advanced to its third consecutive championship game.
“I am proud of Kion and all of his accomplishments”, said FSU Head Football Coach Richard Hayes. “He was one of the first athletes we signed when I started the program. He came to a walk-on tryout in 2016 after signing day and has been continuously impressive since then. He earned an immediate scholarship and has been effective as a three-year starter. We kind of knew he was going to be in the situation that he is in now. He has all the tools.”
“I just want to wish him the best”, said position coach Christopher Holmes. “He has worked hard to get to this point, but the work is not done. I know he will excel and his best play is still in front of him. His ceiling is so high.”
Before Fayetteville State and the CIAA opted out of the 2020 college football season, the massive 6-6, 315-pound offensive tackle declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. He recently displayed his effective protection skills at the Hula Bowl and Tropical Bowl.
At his March 30 Pro Day at NC State, Smith blazed the 40-yard dash in 5.33 seconds as a lineman and recorded 15 reps on the 225-pound bench.
Kion was a two-sport standout at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, North Carolina. The football lineman was decent at throwing the shot put and discus.