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Trojan Knee

Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:47 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 10:09 pm

Da'Quan Bowers isn't the only player facing scrunity about post-season knee surgery--Southern Cal offensive tackle Tyron Smith is also rumored to have had issues with his torn right meniscus on which he had surgery December 14th. has confirmed that several teams have not seen an issue with Smith's knee, especially in light of his solid March 30th workout. Multiple team doctors and trainers also felt Smith's knee has progressed well, and foresaw no future issues.

Some teams will undoubtedly be somewhat cautious about Smith, who is trying to add weight while also rehabbing that knee--and asking four different teams will give you four different opinions. But is also important to understand that misinformation is king this time of year, and reports can be used to sway public opinion about players.

Positive reports about players are put into the media to lead other teams to trade up, pushing down another player team(s) really value.
Negative rumors are meant to play to people's generally risk-averse nature, hopefully resulting in players falling down boards and possibly even causing some teams selecting later to also trade up to find a "film value" pick.

Though we all know this game is played, it is very difficult for the media to ignore a big story or for teams to fight the urge to move up on draft weekend to get "their guy."

At this point in the draft process, Smith is still expected to be selected in the top 13 selections.

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Tyron Smith, USC
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