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Direckshun
04-25-2011, 11:24 AM
I was listening to a Tyron Smith interview today, a very talented but incredibly raw tackle prospect.

The guy is a somewhat slim 280-290 lbs. He'll beef up, I'm sure and get above 300 for the OTAs, but by Week 17 he'll be 285.

My question: does that matter?

Size is no indication of strength, we learn that at the Combine every year. And what's more, a smaller tackle is able to handle the super-quick OLBs that 3-4s are throwing at them more and more these days.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Deberg_1990
04-25-2011, 11:27 AM
i think footwork and arm length are more important.

Stewie
04-25-2011, 11:30 AM
Yes! You have to have the bulk, footwork and athletic ability while weighing over 300 lbs.

There's a reason these guys are so hard to find.

Mr. Laz
04-25-2011, 11:50 AM
the need to be close to 300lbs

they need to have the natural bulk to be able to stand-up to the push without being completely set. Can there be exceptions? Yes, but 300lbs and long arms give them the tools to be successful.

Rain Man
04-25-2011, 12:08 PM
I've often wondered why 10-15 pounds makes such a big difference. All else being equal, you obviously take the bigger guy, but it seems to me like differences in natural strength and instinctive use of leverage would more than make up for some added weight. I've known smaller guys in real life who are freakishly strong and bigger guys who can't bench press a cantaloupe.

Bump
04-25-2011, 12:11 PM
there is a reason why all of the best LT's, EVER, are tall, big and freakishly athletic.

B_Ambuehl
04-25-2011, 12:13 PM
Look at what happened to Brandon Albert in '09 when Pioli made him lose all that weight.

Count Zarth
04-25-2011, 12:14 PM
More mass = more difficult to move.

280 lb OTs are gonna get pushed around by defensive ends/olbs with comparable strength and a running start.

Bane
04-25-2011, 12:18 PM
I'll let ya know when the rich kids stop fighting with the richer kids.
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Saul Good
04-25-2011, 12:25 PM
I've often wondered why 10-15 pounds makes such a big difference. All else being equal, you obviously take the bigger guy, but it seems to me like differences in natural strength and instinctive use of leverage would more than make up for some added weight. I've known smaller guys in real life who are freakishly strong and bigger guys who can't bench press a cantaloupe.

Even little guys who are freakishly strong get run over by big guys who are freakishly strong. 15 pounds of solid muscle on top of what is already a large, freakishly strong person makes a huge difference.

Think about what adding 8-10 pounds of muscle does to a normal sized guy.