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Jason Smith still a top-five pick

NFL Network analyst Charlie Casserly had some cautionary things to say about Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith's pro-day workout Tuesday, specifically that his arm length measured a hair shorter than it did at the combine and he struggled in the push-pull drill.

But Baylor co-offensive coordinator and line coach Randy Clements said Wednesday suggestions that Smith struggled are inaccurate.

“There was one drill that when they started doing it I don't think he understood what they were wanting and he looked – it was the Bengals coach that was doing it,” Clements said. “Once he explained what they were wanting him to do he did a little better at it. Jason was getting back and set his feet, and the guy wanted him to anchor up type of deal.”

Clements said he didn't see anyone in Lion-logoed apparel at Smith's workout, but that representatives for the team were on campus Monday. Smith has been helping out during spring practice since returning from the NFL Scouting Combine last week.

Lions president Tom Lewand said Wednesday the team did have someone at Smith's workout. Typically, teams picking No. 1 also conduct private workouts with their top draft targets. Smith and Virginia's Eugene Monroe are considered the top offensive tackles available.

Clements said Smith also worked at center during the throwing portion of Baylor's pro day.

“He got down there and was snapping the ball and was going through steps,” Clements said. “He's just a talented guy. He can do whatever you need to do.

“He's pretty intense when you start doing the drills so whoever's holding the bag better be ready.”

Clements said he talked with representatives from the Rams (pick No. 2), Seahawks (4), Bengals (6) and Jaguars (8) among other teams Tuesday.

“Getting him at 310 pounds is like getting a skill guy that weighs that much,” Clements said. “He's got that kind of athleticism. It's definitely a weapon.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the fact that they wined and dined monroe and didn't even meet with smith at the combine speaks volumes to me. if they do pick an OT, it'll prolly be monroe instead of smith. just my 2c.

5:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I read they had lunch with Smith. Either way, I think it's Curry or Stafford.

5:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, until explained farther, he was a bag of rocks for someone to run around. That should be our 1st.

7:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


we signed buchanon according to shefter.

7:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we beat out the bucs for phil's services:

8:09 PM 

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