Quality notes on quality offensive tackles

February, 27, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl offer some nice insight into three of the top offensive tackle prospects in their combine report. Presumably if any of them are still on the board at No. 22, the Colts would have to consider them.
  • USC’s Tyron Smith was up to 307 pounds from 285 and “carrying the weight well.” He had 29 reps bench pressing 225 pounds. But fluid on his knee forced him to shut things down. He should be OK for his pro day March 31.
  • Colorado’s Nate Solder “displayed remarkable speed and explosiveness for a massive left tackle prospect. The 10-yard split is the most important part of the 40-yard dash when evaluating offensive linemen because it shows the initial burst and explosiveness that translates to their responsibilities in the trenches, and Solder had the top 10-yard split (1.62 seconds unofficial) among all offensive linemen and the fastest 40 (5.05) in the offensive tackle group.”
  • BC’s Anthony Castonzo turned in an adequate 10-yard split (1.79 unofficial) while showing good flexibility and quick feet with his lateral slides.

An interesting aside on Solder: NFL Draft Scout’s analysis uses Houston’s Eric Winston as Solder’s NFL comparison.

Paul Kuharsky | email

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