- Steve Muench, Scouts Inc.
Fast-rising OT prospect Tyron Smith (USC) won't take part in offensive line drills because he is still recovering from a knee injury. He will wait until USC's March 30 on-campus pro day workout to perform for scouts.
Smith did show up at 307 pounds, though, up from his listed weight of 285 during the season, and carried the weight well. He also put up 29 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.
• Florida OT Marcus Gilbert and Florida State OC Rodney Hudson showed above-average body control and footwork when asked to redirect during the first drill of the day. It backs up what we have seen from both in pass protection on film.
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi didn't fare as well. He had a harder time transitioning when forced to change directions, again backing up what we saw on film. Carimi moves well enough to quickly develop into a quality starter but he projects as a right tackle because of his limited athletic ability. Texas OT Kyle Hix and Arizona OT Adam Grant, on the other hand, struggled to sink their hips and looked stiff in space.
Scouts Inc. breaks down the fist day of workouts at the NFL combine, including how the top offensive linemen on the board fared.