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Kalil unlikely to slip to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2012 – 10:25 am

There’s been some speculation that USC’s Ryan Kalil could slip all the way to the Bills at 10, with the growing belief that Minnesota will pass on him with the third overall pick. While I do believe the Vikings will pass on Kalil I can’t see the USC tackle falling all the way to 10.

SI.com’s Peter King brought up the idea of Kalil sliding in his Monday Morning QB column. I respect King as a journalist and his sources, but I just don’t see it happening. Apparently Mike Mayock doesn’t either. I asked him on a conference call late last week that if Kalil were to slip past the Vikings at 3 how far he could fall. Needless to say he knew what I was getting at.

“It depends a lot on what else happens, but I don’t think there’s any way in the world that he gets past seven,” Mayock told me. “Even if Tannehill goes, Kalil is one of the quote six blue chippers. So if Jacksonville is sitting there at seven and there’s a drop off in value between Kalil and whoever they have next on their board, they’ve got to take Kalil. I don’t think there’s any way he gets to 10.”

I agree with Mayock. Jacksonville’s new head coach Mike Mularkey is preaching toughness and hard-nosed play. Kalil is a pass protector first, but has some nasty to his game and can get to the second level with the agility to break down and lock onto D-Bs. Yes, the Jags have former first and second round picks manning their left and right tackle positions from their 2009 draft class in Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. But Britton is coming off a back injury that landed him on I-R last season and the depth behind them is limited at best.

For a team that gave up the sixth-most sacks in the league last season (44) they would seemingly welcome an upgrade to a true franchise left tackle, especially with a young quarterback in Blaine Gabbert that’s going to need all the time he can get in the pocket in a new offensive system.

One last thing to keep in mind, Kalil has been a two-year starter at left tackle for USC. His teammate in 2010, who played at right tackle for the Trojans because Kalil was the left tackle, was Tyron Smith, who went ninth overall to Dallas in 2011 and then started 16 games at left tackle in the NFL as a rookie for the Cowboys and played well. Kalil will go sooner.

Final note, if I’m wrong and he’s on the board at 10, I’ll be doing a tap dance for the Bills.


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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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Top OT drops out of combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2011 – 10:33 am

USC’s Tyron Smith, one of the top offensive tackle prospects has dropped out of the combine.

That according to NFL.com writer Steve Wyche. Smith, who weighed in at a solid 307 pounds Friday, added 20 pounds to his frame and is considered the most athletic offensive tackle in the draft. He’s also considered the offensive tackle with the most upside, but according to Wyche, Smith dropped out of the combine after participating in the bench press.

According to the National Football Post, Smith had surgery two months ago to repair a torn lateral meniscus, and plans to work out at his pro day at USC on March 30th.

No word as to whether or not there was an injury sustained by the USC offensive lineman.


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USC OT tops 300 lbs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2011 – 12:19 pm

Highly touted USC OT Tyron Smith had to come in to the combine at better than 300 pounds to solidify his stock as a first-round pick. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’s done that.

AdamSchefter USC OT Tyron Smith, who weighed 285 at college, weighed in today at 307. Added weight, added value.

Smith is still considered a player that will need to learn on the job, but is widely ranked as the most athletic offensive tackle in the draft with franchise left tackle potential at the NFL level in a year or two.


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