This morning at the first day of weigh-ins at the Scouting Combine, USC offensive lineman Tyron Smith stepped up to the scale, weighing at in 307 pounds. That's 22 pounds more than he weighed during the 2010 season, when he earned first team All-Pac-10 accolades as a second-year right tackle for the Trojans. (The only reason he did not start at left tackle was the presence of future first round pick Matt Kalil.)
Smith's hands were measured a massive 11 inches and his 36 3/8 inch arms are exactly what teams like to see on the edge, and among the largest at the Combine over the last decade.
Smith's lack of weight did not prevent him from standing up to many talented defenders on the strong side, including Cal's probable first round defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.
Scouts have questions about whether Smith can maintain that weight during training camp and the season, however. They will be comforted, in part, by the fact Smith just turned 20 years old in December. He should continue to grow over the next few years in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
If he decides to work out at that weight this week, and performs as expected, teams will consider using a top 15 selection to acquire his services.
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter