3-star recruit by 247Sports, #45 player in New Jersey
Physically, there are three things you want to look at when evaluating offensive linemen: their feet, their legs, and (this is going to sound strange) their butt. Tyrell Smith has all three of those things going for him (this might be the strangest opening paragraph I’ve ever written).
Feet: Smith has quick feet. He has the athletic ability to pass block against quick defensive ends, he keeps his feet moving when drive blocking, and he’s quick enough to pull and lead backs through the hole.
Legs: Smith has thick legs, and with time in the weight room I think he can develop a lot of lower body strength.
Butt: Smith has a wide butt. That makes him a potentially good anchor. Lower body strength is paramount on the offensive line, and thick legs and a wide butt are the first step.
Watching his film (click here for his senior year Hudl film), a few other things stand out to me about Smith…
Sound technique: Smith keeps his feet moving, and he gets under people. His hand placement also seems very good, though I’ll be the first to admit that having never played OL, I’m nowhere close to being an expert in OL technique. However, he just has the look of somebody who knows what he’s doing.
Versatility: Smith can play guard or tackle in the future. Though he’s only listed at 6-3 on HokieSports, he’s similar to former Tech...
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