Courtesy of Blogging The Boys, we have a nice selection of scouting reports on Tyron Smith compiled for us. Among them, The Sporting News, National Football Post, ESPN/Scouts Inc, and Pro Football Weekly.
Read the full reports at BTB, but here are some excerpts:
Extremely athletic physical specimen with rare arm length and huge mitts—looks exactly how scouts would draw up a left tackle. Rolls his hips and can create some movement in the run game. Can adjust to movement in space, hook, seal and gain an edge. Outstanding feet to shuffle and slide. Great body control.
Tends to play too narrow-based and shows some stiffness that could create a balance deficiency. Does not play with power in his body. Inconsistent technician. Lacks football intelligence and is very raw—will require time to adapt to an NFL playbook and sort out what he sees. Is too often late off the ball. Can be short-circuited by complex blitz packages. Passive football temperament.
Has the muscular build and strength that NFL teams covet. Is a dominant force despite not being a huge offensive lineman. Uses his hands and strength to punch pass rushers. Is able to drive defensive linemen down the line of scrimmage and lock them up on inline run blocks.
A gifted athlete for the position who at only 20 years old is far from a finished product. However, the flexibility, athleticism, frame and body control are all there for this guy to develop into a very good starting left or right tackle in the NFL, depending on where he feels comfortable.