USC Tackle Tyron Smith Added Bulk and Increased Draft Stock

March 28, 2011 | Brian Billick

20 year old, Tyron Smith opened a lot of eyes at the combine when he measured in at 307 pounds.  For most tackles, that wouldn’t be all that surprising, but Smith’s playing weight at USC was a slender 285 pounds.  Most NFL clubs were looking at Smith to be somewhere around the fifth best tackle prospect in the draft, but now weighing in at 307, he is pushing Anthony Castonzo to be the first taken off the board.

As you would imagine, Tyron Smith is a very athletic offensive lineman that has excellent balance and very quick choppy feet.  He shuffles well and stays in front of the defender to stop the initial forward progress in pass protection.  He has a quick burst off the ball and explodes into blocks in the rushing game.  After that initial pop, he would serve himself well by further developing his strength in his lower half to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage.  He appears to be most comfortable in a zone blocking scheme and has above average field awareness.  Smith also will give his team an advantage in the screen game as he is fast enough to get out front and clear some of the traffic in the defensive secondary.

Finally, Tyron Smith had the second longest arms at the 2011 scouting combine measuring 36 3/8 inches and still put up 29 bench press reps.  While putting up a huge number in the bench press is impressive, to me, having longer arms is more critical for an NFL tackle.  Smith apparently has both!