Brooks: Can Smith switch sides?

Our Bucky Brooks chatted with NFL.com users Thursday afternoon, talking about offensive tackles in the upcoming draft. With so much of the focus on the quarterbacks, it is easy to forget just how important a good offensive lineman can mean to a franchise.

With that in mind, who is the top O-lineman in the draft? Brooks has Tyron Smith going at No. 9 to the Cowboys in his latest mock draft, which would make him the first offensive lineman off the board.

Smith has been climbing up draft boards in recent weeks, but the concern, according to Brooks, is which side of the offensive line he will play on.

“Smith is a very talented player,” Brooks said. “He has all of the tools that you look for at the position. He is big, strong and athletic, with exceptional arm length. Though he has only played the position for three years, he has tremendous upside and potential.

“The only concern that I have about him is whether he can make the transition from RT to LT as a pro. The athletic rushers on the quarterback’s blind side will challenge his footwork and lateral quickness, but he might be able to do it. I think that he is an excellent RT prospect with the skills to start immediately. He could come off the board at No.9 or slide down to the end of the (first) round based on other positions.”

Be sure to check out more in our Mock Draft Central.

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