SAEN: Smith studies other LT's--his favorites are?
Cowboys draft pick studies work of tackles for Jets, Falcons
Posted on 04/29/2011 by torsborn
By Tom Orsborn
IRVING – Every NFL rookie has a veteran or two he tries to emulate, and Cowboys draft pick Tyron Smith is no exception.
“Basically, it’s (Jets offensive tackle) D’Brickashaw Ferguson,” Smith said Thursday night after the Cowboys selected him ninth overall. “I’m similar to him in body size when he came out. I watched a lot of film on his style and learned from watching him.”
Ferguson was the fourth overall pick in 2006. He played at 295 pounds his senior year at Virginia, but tipped the scales at the combine at 312 pounds.
Smith played last season at USC at 285 pounds, but he weighed in at 310 pounds at the Trojans pro day.
Smith also looks up to fellow USC alum Sam Baker, who was drafted 21st overall by the Falcons in 2008.
“I’ve watched a lot of Sam Baker and learned a lot from him,” said Smith, who will be at Valley Ranch this afternoon for a 4 o’clock news conference.
Baker is 6 foot 5, 307 pounds, which is basically the same size as Smith.
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