Posted by Josh Katzowitz
After completing the bench press drill Friday (29 reps) and interviewing with a number of teams, former Southern California OT Tyron Smith has dropped out of the NFL combine because of an injury, according to NFL.com.
Smith told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche that he’s still rehabbing a knee injury and that he was advised by his trainers to wait until his Pro Day March 30 before going through a full workout. Apparently, he’s coming off meniscus surgery about eight weeks ago.
It’s an interesting move by Smith because he’s so highly ranked but also has questions following him. In the CBSSports.com prospect rankings, he’s the second-rated OT and No. 15 overall.
In the CBSSports.com draft guru's mock drafts, Rob Rang has him going with the 19th pick to the Giants, while Chad Reuter has him at No. 12 to the Vikings.
This was an important event for Smith (obviously), because he played right tackle in college but was expected to move to the left side in the pros. Though his talent is undeniable, there are questions about his maturity (check out Rang’s Big Board for more analysis).
Although he seems to have a legit reason for not finishing his workouts, this move probably won’t help his standing with teams.
With his talent, though, it might not matter.
Here’s Smith talking to the media Friday.
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