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USC T Tyron Smith set to vist the Patriots and few other clubs

USC blue-chip offensive tackle Tyron Smith is scheduled to visit at least a dozen teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation. Smith also has a visit with another undisclosed NFC East team and more trips are being scheduled. Smith strengthened his draft status by running a 4.91 to 4.96 in the 40-yard dash during his Pro Day workout and bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times. He registered a 30-inch vertical leap and a 9-2 broad jump. Smith also excelled in positional drills. The workout was attended by Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who might wind up coaching Smith at the next level. The 20-year-old didn't work out at the NFL scouting combine other than bench pressing 225 pounds 29 times as he was still recovering from lateral meniscus surgery. The All-Pac 10 Conference selection won the Morris Trophy as the top blocker in the league last season. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is projected to go as high as the top 10 selections. A former Parade Magazine and Super Prep All-American selection from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., Smith has prototypical size and mobility for the left tackle spot. However, he played right tackle at USC. His best football is likely ahead of him because he's still somewhat raw and has room to develop. Smith gained weight by improving his nutrition. "Basically, I stared eating right," Smith said during the combine. "I stopped eating junk food. I ate right three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and little snacks in between. I surprised myself when I hit the 300 mark. I surprised myself when I weighed 307." He cut out McDonald's. At the combine, Smith met with several teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Browns and the New Orleans Saints. "A high-effort guy with speed and power both," Smith said when asked what kind of player the team that drafts him will be getting. Smith has extremely long arms. "It was tough to buy shirts with long enough sleeves," Smith said.

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