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.