USC offensive tackle, Tyron Smith, who had been so impressive when he weighed in yesterday dropped out of the workouts today. He had an athroscopic procedure done on one of his knees recently and the knee had swollen up, so he’s not going to workout this weekend.
He will workout for the scouts at the USC Pro Day which will occur on March 30. He has plenty of time to show what he can do, so I don’t think he’ll be penalized for the delay.
Highly rated offensive tackles Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin and Anthony Castonzo of Boston College have been performing well in the drills, so far this morning Both of these big guys are projected to go in the first round and they’ve shown the fact that they have been schooled very well in their techniques. They’ve got good feet and have shown the ability to change direction while keeping good balance.
Each performed well in the change of direction drills, but Castonzo had an advantage over Carimi by keeping his balance and not going to the ground on the change of direction. On the kick slide drill which is a staple of offensive tackle play, both of the big guys performed very well.
In the mirror drill you could see their patience and balance which stood out. An offensive lineman can’t be too aggressive as a pass blocker. Castonzo and Carimi look like they’ll be ready to start and play in their first year which is expected of a first round offensive line pick.
I believe both of them have helped themselves with their workouts.