INDIANAPOLIS — Tyron Smith tipped the scales at 307 pounds — almost 30 more than he did at USC — and said Friday he cleaned up his diet to gain healthy weight in time for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Cited as one of the most athletic offensive tackles entering April’s draft, the 6-foot-5 Smith said he added bulk by ditching fast food and eating regular meals with snacks in between.
So, what was one of college football’s top tackle prospects eating before?
“In college, McDonald’s. All day and every day,” he said, noting his mornings now begin with a healthy omelette.
Enough teams have chatted with Smith at the combine that he was hard-pressed to remember them all. He listed the Steelers, Browns and Saints as just a few of the clubs considering the agile lineman, who boasts a 36 3/8-inch reach with an 11-inch hand span and 84 5/8-inch wingspan.
Smith, who’s comfortable as a right or left bookend, said the team that drafts him will gain a “high-effort-type guy, basically speed and power — both — and finishing on every play.”
Prospects for a McDonald’s endorsement deal are less promising.
– Marc Sessler