Tyron Smith to Dallas Cowboys: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 28, 2011

Tyron Smith rates as the top offensive tackle across experts' boards, but is not generally regarded as the one who would contribute the most immediately to the Dallas Cowboys. The 2010 Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-10’s top offensive lineman, Smith has impressed while protecting the right side for Southern California's offense and scouts marvel at his raw talent.

At 6-5, 307 lbs., Smith possesses the combination of strength and nimbleness for a switch to left tackle. However, he could improve much in blitz comprehension, and add bulk to push NFL ends around in the run game.

New Era Scout founder Matt Miller can see why general managers find loads of potential in the USC Trojan stud.

"He’s an easy player to fall in love with. He has a long, lean frame and is athletic.  Smith gets out on the move as well as any offensive tackle you’ll see and is loaded with potential."

Smith will need some time to develop but his size, strength and quickness give him the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in the draft, which is what Dallas Cowboys hopes for some day. Tony Romo will certainly appreciate the protection on the edge, probably on the right side.