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Brandt says Smith a RT only

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 9:42 am

USC OT Tyron Smith doesn’t have much experience at left tackle, having played on the right side for most of the two years he was a starter for the Trojans. But with his physical skill set and being just 20-years old, there are some NFL clubs that feel he’s athletic enough to play on the left side after his pro day workout Wednesday.  NFL.com’s Gil Brandt feels differently.

Smith is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just the bench press at the combine last month. So he did everything at USC’s pro day Wednesday.

At a ripped 310 pounds the 6’5″ Smith ran a 4.98 40-time, had a 29-inch vertical and topped his bench total at the combine by two putting 225 up 31 times. Brandt interestingly enough did not sound convinced that Smith projects as a left tackle in the league. Here’s what he wrote in his pro day report on NFL.com.

Although his quickness and agility rate well, Smith doesn’t appear to have the natural ability that teams covet in a left tackle… Overall, Smith solidified his status as a top talent. But he should be considered as a right tackle for most offenses.

Change of direction skills seems to be the knock on Smith, which is essential in responding to counter moves by opposing pass rushers. Still with a ton of upside it would be shocking if the USC lineman was not a first-round pick.


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