Prospect Profile: Tyson Smith

Tyson Smith School: Iowa State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 238 40: 4.76 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who's been used at defensive end and linebacker. Posted 51/12/5.5 as a senior. Missed the 2003 campaign after suffering a broken right fibula in the season opener. Registered career numbers of 104/6/11 as a junior.

Positives: Solid athlete and collegiate defensive end who must learn make plays in reverse. Breaks down well, quickly changes direction and pursues laterally with speed. Easily redirects to ball carriers or alters his angle of attack. Effectively uses hand technique to stay off blocks, rarely off his feet and displays the ability to run with tight ends down the field.

Negatives: Slow to key the action or locate the ball. Driven off the line of scrimmage out of a three-point stance and handled by opposing tight ends.

Analysis: While he did a good job last season at linebacker, Smith must improve his abilities in space. Offers decent upside, and a solid developmental prospect who should get consideration in the late rounds.

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