2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Tyron Smith
Anybody who is into High School football recruiting knows all about Tyron Smith. He was a five star prospect, and the #1 overall tackle and offensive line prospect in the nation in 2008 coming out of Rancho Verde High.
Smith was a backup as a true freshman behind current Indianapolis Colt, and former first round pick Charles Brown. He moved to the right side to start each of the last two seasons as a right tackle. He’s a bit on the light side, but he’s a physical specimen, much like Bruce Campbell who came out of Maryland last season.
Player Name: Tyron Smith
Position: Offensive Tackle
Arm: 36 3/8
Smith benefits heavily from his athletic build. For a 6’5 285 pound man, he moves very well, and is quite the workout warrior. He has very good feet, and gets a great drop step coming out of his stance in pass protection. He comes out nice and low, getting a good knee bend, and has quick enough feet to stay with quicker edge rushers. He’s quick off of the snap, and anchors down well. He is stronger than he looks, although he still needs to bulk up. He gets to the second level with ease, at times, and doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown. Smith does a nice job of mirroring his defenders consistently.
Smith’s size is a bit worrisome, and the fact that he hasn’t played left tackle more than but a handful of plays is something that teams will have to consider. He has played in a zone blocking scheme for his career, and doesn’t have much experience in driving defenders off of the ball in the run game. His hand placement could be improved, and he needs to learn to extend his arms and not let the defender get in on his pads. He struggles with the swim moves and doesn’t always recover well. Like we mentioned, he’s strong for his size, but he will need to bulk up and build strength as well as be groomed at the next level if he plans to play left tackle. He’s a raw project, but he has heavy upside.
Smith’s draft range is quite wide. It will really depend on what teams want to groom him, or have the patience to groom him as a left tackle. He won’t come in and start day one, which is why I think he moves to the second round. He could be taken at the end of the first round by teams like Atlanta, New England, Chicago, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. But if he slides to the second round, look for Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, and Arizona to take a hard look at him.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Harris