Martz likes Ohio State quarterback

Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz and a small crew of team scouts were in attendance for Ohio State University's Pro Day on Saturday. But one player in particular left Martz and company floored..

Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz and a small crew of team scouts were in attendance for Ohio State University's Pro Day on Saturday.

But one player in particular, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith, left Martz and company floored.

A projected third-round draft choice, Smith was reportedly sharp and accurate with his throws, and he also made up for a limited combine showing with impressive performances in a handful of other workouts.

Smith's two 40-times of 4.65 and 4.71 seconds would have left him just behind Boise State's Jared Zabransky as the combine's fastest quarterback. His broad jump just of 10-feet, 2-inches, meanwhile, would have ranked first.

Asked whether or not Smith can compete at the NFL level, Martz told the Akron Beacon Journal, "Yes," adding that Smith's size (6-0, 225) would not serve as a drawback.

"It was good to see him in person," Martz said.

The Lions have yet to dismiss quarterback as a position of need on the team. Detroit wouldn't mind adding another young arm for Martz to develop, and Smith might be worth the risk with the team's second overall pick in the third-round (66th overall).

Detroit also attended Notre Dame product Brady Quinn's Pro Day last week.


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