USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith visited the Lions’ Training and Practice Facility on Wednesday.
Playing only two seasons for the Trojans, Smith is part of a solid group of offensive linemen eligible for this year’s draft, but what Smith believes sets him apart from the rest is his athletic stature and pass protection.
Smith: “I’m a good pass protector. Basically I like to get my hands inside a defender before he gets me so that I have a good reach on him. I’m more of, ‘kill him before he kills me,’ guy. I set the tone off the first play of the game to let him know who he’s dealing with.”
Making the transition from the college level offensive front to the pro’s can be a difficult process.
But one of the main things that the 20-year old tackle felt would make the transition easier are the similarities between Detroit’s offensive scheme and USC’s.
Smith: “It’s similar to what we run at SC. It’s the same pro style offense, a little bit of the same terminology, but it’s pretty similar to what we do. I don’t think it would be too big of a change for me.”
Another similarity that made Smith feel right at home was the offensive line’s meeting room, which reminded him of his collegiate classroom.
Smith: “The offensive line room is the same as how we do it. We make little jokes on the board and draw little things on the boards and stuff like that to make fun of somebody. Guys just feel comfortable in the room, even though there’s all different types of characters in the room. It just seems like it’s somewhere I could be comfortable.”
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