Towson cornerback Tye Smith hoping for faster times at upcoming Pro Day

Towson's Tye Smith catches a ball at the NFL scouting combine.
Towson's Tye Smith catches a ball at the NFL scouting combine. (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

Towson cornerback Tye Smith expressed disappointment with his 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, saying he's still adjusting to the weight he's put on to get ready for the NFL.

Up to 195 pounds -- 25 pounds heavier than he was listed on the Towson roster -- the 6-foot FCS All-American ran an unexpectedly slow 4.6 at the combine.


"I felt like it was a positive week, everything besides my 40-yard dash, which I have to improve," Smith said in a telephone interview. "I would say my body wasn't used to the weight and my start wasn't good.

"Overall, I did good, but I always know I can do better, I'm working hard to imrpove the stuff I didn't do so good at the combine."


Smith did have the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a 3.96 time. He also had a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 6.97 three-cone drill.

He is hoping for a much faster 40-yard dash at his campus pro day workout on April 1, where he'll also do positional drills for NFL scouts along with Towson defensive end Ryan Delaire. Delaire is expected to do a full workout after pulling his groin running the 40-yard dash at the combine.

"I'm just adjusting to my weight and working hard on my start," Smith said. "I want to be more low and explosive."

Smith had formal meetings at the combine with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. He met with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

"It was a good meeting," said Smith, who had 85 tackles last season and eight pass deflections. "They had me going over plays. They drew stuff up on the board and showed me film and asked me how I would respond in their defense."

The Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association seleciton also met Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

"Chip Kelly is definitely a great football mind," Smith said. "He's great person, too."

Smith said he had informal meetings with almost every NFL team, including talking with the Ravens and filling out some paperwork.

"The teams said they like my style of play, that I'm a physical corner," Smith said. "They can tell that I use my instincts to react to certain plays. I pride myself on my tackling."

Smith played in the East-West Shrine all-star game, where he was coached by Hall of Fame middle linebacker and former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. Smith checked West Virginia standout wide receiver Kevin White, who's expected to be one of the first receivers drafted in April.

A three-year starter, Smith finished his career with 312 tackles, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 25 passes defended.

At Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C., Smith was an all-conference wide receiver and cornerback who had 88 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He was an All-American in track and field. Towson was his only scholarship offer, though.


"I was a late bloomer," said Smith, who had two sacks and a forced fumble during a 2012 game against Louisiana State.

In a text message Thursday morning, Smith said he's determined to improve.

"Thank you to my family and friends for the support, especially Towson Nation," Smith said. "We are just getting started."


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