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Baylor's Smith stands out among linemen

Had a chance to talk with Andre Smith, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher – the top offensive linemen available – and at first glance Baylor's Jason Smith is the most impressive, with Virginia's Monroe an easy No. 2.

Smith, a converted tight end, has an NFL-ready body – Andre Smith definitely has some soft spots and Oher isn't quite as put together – and spoke in a strong, confident tone with just enough politeness and confidence to stand out. Asked if he was out to prove he was the best Smith at the combine, Jason Smith said, “Not the best Smith, the best offensive tackle.”

As for the possibility of going No. 1 overall, Smith said he hasn't talked to the Lions yet.

“But I do believe it's realistic that they would take a tackle and I do believe it's realistic I could be the No. 1 overall pick,” he said.

And his style of play?

“When I'm on the field I take a lot of pride in physically assaulting somebody,” he said.

Both Smith and Monroe checked in at 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, and both said they plan to take part in all drills this weekend.

“I have nothing to hide,” Monroe said. “I'm healthy so I'm going to do every drill, I'm going to lift tomorrow. I'm going to do it all.

“You don't want to miss out on an opportunity to show that you have the ability to do as well or better but you decide not to do the drill.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it concerns me that, reading between the lines, andre's not ready to workout while jason already is....both smiths were tied, but with today's interviews, jason has now taken the lead over andre. we'll see how he does in his workout....i think i'm gonna like what i see though.

way to stay on top of stuff, dave. you freakin rock.

2:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, i'm almost sold on jason smith now, pending his workout and whatnot up to the draft.

2:36 PM 
Blogger AMH said...

Keep up the good work, I'm loving getting these updates.

3:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was sold on senior OTs Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe long before the combine.

Smith has issues.

Oher doesn't fit the profile of "smart" players that Mayhew is seeking.

5:17 PM 

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