Tyron Smith is a physical freak, and other Combine weigh-in notes

Offensive linemen and tight ends weighed in at the Scouting Combine Thursday, and Southern Cal offensive tackle Tyron Smith “dominated” the Underwear Olympics with a freakish build.

A projected top-20 pick, Smith’s arms are 36 3/8 inches, giving him one of the longest reaches among players measured at the Combine over the last decade. Smith has catcher mitts for hands at 11 inches, and he packs 307 pounds onto a 6-foot-5 frame.

In 2010, Smith took home Morris Trophy honors as the Pac-10’s top offensive lineman. He played right tackle for the Trojans, but will be a left tackle in the pros.

Other first-day weigh-in highlights:

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph is 6-foot-6 and 259 pounds with 34-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. The big hands help explain Rudolph’s outstanding pass-catching skills; he rarely dropped passes for the Irish. Rudolph’s offensive tackle-like arms figure to help him as an in-line blocker.

Colorado left tackle Nate Solder measured 6-foot-8 and 319 pounds, the latter figure up five pounds from his Senior Bowl weigh-in. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Solder “looked like he could add 20 more (pounds), easy.” With 34 1/2-inch arms, it’s safe to say Solder will be staying at left tackle in the NFL.

Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey is 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds. A projected first-round pick, Mike is one inch taller than his twin brother, Maurkice. The Steelers’ center measured 6-foot-4 and 303 pounds at last year’s Combine weigh-in. Mike has relatively short, 32 1/2-inch arms, but that’s not as big a problem for interior offensive linemen. Pouncey’s big frame will come in handy in a league placing a greater emphasis on massive, clogger-type nose tackles in 3-4 defensive schemes.

24 responses to “Tyron Smith is a physical freak, and other Combine weigh-in notes

  1. Type Tyron Smith in the Googles, check out the Scout.com article. Remember that those pictures were of when he was in HIGH SCHOOL!!

  2. I saw plenty of tyron smith while at usc. Smith can definately pass block, but can he run block? He would be great in a mike shanahan type offense or a zone blocking team ie colts, texans, redskins.

  3. His arrival in Indianapolis was delayed a bit when he ran into some slippery ice covered vines while traveling across the Rockies.

  4. id take any 3 of those guys in atlanta, sam baker isnt exactly the greatest tackle n doesnt have tyron’s nate’s size, mcclure n tony g are getting up there in age

  5. You know, 200 years ago it was much the same, the biggest strongest buck went to the highest bidder.

  6. @pajoe

    Your racist comment aside (I thought PTF put a stop to that), you show the parralel between modern day slavery and the National Football League.

    Players are getting paid cents on the dollar, while their white owners (who decide who can and can’t join their frat of 32, which just so happens to be 100% white) make money hand over fist from the ‘bucks’ production (who happen to be over 70% Black).

    Once the ‘buck’ is deemed useless or weak he is released (rather than whipped, lynched, mutilated).

    What’s even more outlandish is the fact that an NFL player doesn’t even make 50% of the dollar from jersey sales that bare his own name.

    One would argue that Larry Fitz has made #11 of the Arizona Cardinals. Ten years ago nobody would ever buy that except maybe as a joke. But his production on the field has made the item a hotseller for the NFL. Yet the owners and the league get a larger % of the $ from each jersey with his name on it than the man who made the jersey profitable.

    Yes, the NFL and the NCAA can be compared to slavery and the arenas they play in to an old southern plantation.

    This country was built on the blood and sweat of slaves, just as the NFL’s popularity was built on the blood and sweat of mostly Black players.

    In both scenarios it was the white man who exploited them.

  7. @904blasta:
    get a f/n life. It must be pure misery to be a millionaire slave in the NFL; they drive Bentleys and Lamborghinis while I struggle to put gas in my putt-putt or stand in the rain waiting for a bus when my putt-putt won’t start. I have to save money to buy a license to pay for a seat to watch these millionaires play a game. And those cursed white slave billionaire owners would still be billionaires without selling jerseys or groveling over parking lot revenues. And while the white slave owners penny-pinch among themselves, the slaves (as you insist on calling them) are still millionaires. And if being a millionaire is being a slave, what does that make you and me?

  8. 904 blasta-

    really? you make a decent point about jersey sales but your bias is obvious. slaves built this country? surely they contributed but get real. thats a heck of a leap in logic, whatever your “logic” is.

    and you act like the players dont make enough money. they are athletes. not doctors, not lawyers, athletes. in any job, the owner makes far more money than the employees. the players are the employees. they get their compensation. you deem that low, id say they get paid more than 98% of the people on the planet. the issue that lies with the players is that of health insurance.

    your the ignorant one here.

  9. @mayfieldroadboy


    Nobody forces you to ‘save for a license to watch these millionares’. You choose to do so because you want to watch the best athletes in the world play the best sport in the world.

    Unfortunately, the players who you pay to watch ARE forced to play the game under the white owner’s (and commish.) ‘agreements’.

    Sure, they may be millionares riding in fast cars and enjoying fast women, but they aren’t being paid what their true value is worth.

    The NFL generates millions apon millions of dollars through ad revenues, parking, concessions, tv contracts, etc because of 1 thing: the performance of these players, who again are more than 70% Black. If the players were paid their true worth, Mankins (white) wouldn’t be getting franchised at $10 million it would be more like $25 million.

    The fact is that these are the best players in the world. Wether they played in a tiny 7,000 seat stadium or the Superdome, they will still be the best talent available and that’s what you and everyone else check in an pay every Sunday to see.

    Without that talent the NFL and the 32 stadiums in which the talent is presented would be worthless.

    I suggest you check out “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” by William Rhoden and educate yourself on this subject.

    If you read the book with an open mind you’ll understand that although the owners have the money and call the shots, the talent, the (for the most part) Black athlete, is the ultimate bargaining chip at the NFL CBA negotiating table.

    Even if you don’t get anything out of the book, it should be an interesting read the next time your ‘put-put’ breaks down and you’re forced to take the bus.

  10. henryjones20 –
    You mean go to CNN, or MSNBC, or CBS or ABC – this is where all the hate in this country is.

    Quit blaming convervatives for every ignorant idiot on this site.

    GUARANTEE “raynman” is not a conservative.

    And you didn’t have a problem with the idiotic rant of “904blasta”?

  11. HGH does induce bone growth. The mechanism that induces this growth does not necessarily mean everyone automatically gets taller though. Some people have experienced bone growth in isolated areas. Like one foot getting bigger, but nothing else. HGH is extremely difficult to detect and the current method must be done with a blood-draw. Neither the NCAA or the NFL test blood samples. The only downside for a college athlete using HGH is HGH is very expensive. Most college athletes would not be able to afford HGH. So raynman49 is not really crazy for saying that. I am not sure how people have turned HGH and freakish athletes into a conversation about politics and slavery, but it seems to be a stretch in both cases. Lets come back down to reality people. Dividing line between “conservatives” and “liberals” is rhetoric politicians come up with to distract the middle class and poor people from real issues. The NFL, which employs men and women from all races and cultural backgrounds, is not a form of slavery when you are compensated very well for what you do and you can quit your job whenever you want. A business where an elite group profit from a product created by a work force is the way every for-profit-business works.

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