Tyron Smith to attend NFL draft in New York

Former USC right tackle Tyron Smith will attend the NFL draft festivities in New York City later this month despite uncertainty surrounding the event because of the NFL lockout.

Smith, projected by some as one of the top 10 prospects for this month's NFL draft, said it wasn't hard to make the decision on whether to attend once he found out he was invited.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I just want to take advantage of it," Smith said Wednesday at the conclusion of USC's annual pro day. "I don't know who would want to miss it."

Smith, 20, is also one of the youngest players in this year's draft class. He won't turn 21 until December, well into his rookie season. At pro day on Wednesday, he worked out for 31 of the NFL's 32 teams, including three general managers and two head coaches.

Dallas' Jason Garrett was one of the two head men. His Cowboys pick ninth overall and have been rumored to be interested in Smith's services.