Draft time is my favorite time of the year, its where championships are won. I've been closely following the draft for the last 8 years and decided I wanted to start writing about it and share it with the BTB community. I started with Offensive tackle given that it is one of the deeper positions of the draft and is one of our greatest needs. I will provide my opinion of the player (Rich's Take) and how I see the player fits as a Dallas Cowboy (Cowboys Fit). Thanks for stopping by and any suggestions, discussions and feedback is appreciated.
1. Tyron Smith
Weight- 306 lbs.
Arm Length- 36 3/8
Hands- 11 in.
Rich's Take: With excellent height, arm length and hand size combined with the prototype speed and athleticism for the position, Tyron Smith projects as a pro-bowl caliber blindside protector at the next level. He's played primarily right tackle for the last 2 seasons at USC but did spend his freshman season backing up at left tackle. His experience at left tackle could help him make a smooth transition back to the left side as most teams will view him as a more traditional left tackle because of his quick feet and ideal athleticism. The biggest question marks surrounding Smith are attributed to his immaturity, both mentally and physically, although both should improve with time given his age (20) and limited experience. He displays low awareness at times recognizing who to block in the run game and struggles at times to pick up stunts, twists and the blitz. Physically he needs to add and maintain a healthy weight for NFL offensive tackles. He showed encouraging signs at the combine weighing in at 306 pounds up from the 285 he played at last year. To many's disappointment though Smith left the combine without participating in any drills, due to recent meniscus surgery. There is sure to be an enormous amount of anticipation among scouts for his pro day to see if he can maintain that extra weight and to see how well he carries it.
Cowboy's Fit: Ideally Tyron Smith would replace Marc Colombo and upgrade one of our worst positions last year while teaming with Doug Free to form one of the best young offensive tackle tandems in the NFL. Smith's experience at both left tackle and right tackle would also give us a legitimate backup to Free(It's so scary to imagine what would happen if Free went down now isn't it?) . My biggest questions are will Smith be physically and mentally ready to start next year for the Cowboys? Although Smith's ceiling is through the roof, if hes going to take a year to develop we need to look in another direction. We need this pick to start from day one and this is a deep offensive tackle class with guys more NFL ready.