Tyron Smith ranks as 2nd best OL in the NFL


"As he did for our All-Pro team, Tyron Smith comes in right behind Thomas when it comes time to hand out another honor. Evaluating the two beasts was closer than you’d imagine, with Smith’s exceptional run blocking (96.8, best among offensive tackles) hard to overlook, but it was Thomas’ superior pass protection that gave the veteran the upper hand. Smith didn’t have a single game graded below -1.0 (0.0 is average) as a run blocker all season, and while he allowed two fewer pressures than Thomas, he also pass-protected for 124 fewer snaps. On a per snap basis, Thomas’ edge as a pass protector is as comfortable as Smith’s is as a run blocker. After a tough first year at left tackle in 2012, Smith has now established himself as one of the league’s elite blockers." --- [PFF]