Cowboys Nation’s weekly chat with the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting brings news that may temper the thought of trading down from the 9 spot. Top OT prospect Tyron Smith, a 20-year old, early-entry junior, has bulked up considerably since USC’s season ended in November, and could wow scouts with his Combine workout at the end of this month.
Cowboys Nation: You tweeted this a couple of days ago and some of my readers were posting this in comment threads over the weekend, that Tyron Smith is up over 300 lbs. now. Is that confirmed?
Wes Bunting: We’ve talked about Tyron Smith. When you look at his lower half, it’s begging for weight. It’s a big, broad frame. He’s 20 years old and when he focuses on adding weight, it didn’t surprise me that he was up that quickly. He’s at 307 right now. He’s just under 6’5”, which I kind of like, that’s what Roger Safford is. He’s got 35 inch arms. I’ve heard he’s gonna bench well. He could get up to 320 without losing any athleticism if he’s up to 307 already.
CN: You’re heard this from legimate sources that he’s up to 307?
CN: Let’s leave him at 307. Let’s say he goes to the Combine at that weight and he’s 6’4” and a half. What does that do for him? Where does that move him on draft boards?
WB: On mine he’s not moving. I was expecting this. I guess some NFL teams would move him up, cause he’s a little heavier. Remember, this is going to be the first time a lot of these juniors work out for NFL teams. They’re getting a better feel for these guys. It’s not necessarily that they’re moving up or down, but that scouts are getting good looks at these guys and tweaking their boards as a consequence.
From what I’ve heard from the sources I talked to, he’s 307. He’s still gonna run in the 4.9 to sub-4.9 range, and with 35 inch arms he could bench press 225 pounds more than 25 times. That’s a heck of a workout right there. And he’s got good tape. And he’s 20 years old [Smith turned 20 on December 12th]. You add all that up and I wouldn’t have any qualms about taking him in the top ten picks.
CN: You had him in your last mock going to the Redskins at 10. In the past, a lot of the nay-sayers on my site would look at the Cowboys offensive linemen profiles and history and say, there’s no way Dallas takes a lineman that light, no matter how well he moves. At this weight, I can’t think of any NFL team that would have misgivings selecting him.
WB: No, and this is how funny the NFL is. You look back at Jason Smith from Baylor, who went 2nd overall. I thought he was the 4th best OT in that class. It’s kind of, who has the first say, and which player has a consensus around his spot that determines where he goes.
I think Tyron Smith is twice the pro prospect that Jason Smith was. Last year I had Roger Saffold as my 3rd best. I know I had him over Anthony Davis and Bruce Campbell and Trent Williams, who went 4th overall. Who had the better year? Well, Saffold had a much better year than Trent Williams, but the press gets caught up in a handful of names, and those sexy names just kind of stick up there.