Report: USC's OT Smith, DT Casey declare for draft

Posted Dec. 15, 2010 @ 12:24 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

USC will lose a pair of first-team All-Pac-10 players to the draft as OT Tyron Smith and DT Jurrell Casey have decided to leave early, according to ESPN.

Casey led the Trojans in sacks this season with 4½ and was recently named the team's MVP.

Smiths could see his draft stock boost with a lackluster group of tackles in this year's draft class.

Southern California RB Marc Tyler, who led the team in rushing with 913 yards, said he would return to school next season.

The way we see it

Smith has very long arms and is extremely athletic. While he may look the part, Smith still needs to grow into his body, as he lacks base strength at just 280 pounds. He would be ideal in a zone scheme. Given the high demand for offensive tackles, Smith could be drafted highly because of his upside, possibly in the first round, based on PFW's preliminary evaluations.

Casey is projected to go in the second or third round. The high-motor, high-effort player excels at gap penetration.