It has been nearly four months since the Dallas Cowboys last played football. This means that fans are champing at the bit for any semblance of NFL action. And for a brief moment, the draft fills that need.
But with it comes all types of reactions. With nearly any pick you can find fans whose emotions range from jubilant to downtrodden. And this applies to the 2022 Cowboys' 24th overall selection of Tyler Smith. Let’s walk through the emotions of the night.
Draft day was finally here and Mike McCarthy was offering words of encouragement
A quick overview of the picks Dallas will be making this weekend.
And the Cowboys’ fearless leader had some words ahead of the draft.
The other three NFC East teams made some noise early
The Giants picked a couple of highly touted prospects with their first two selections.
Thibodeuax and Neal was one of the best combo picks possible for the New York Giants. Incredible start to the Joe Schoen Era— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 29, 2022
And then the Eagles used their pick to trade for AJ Brown.
Two players that were commonly mocked to Dallas went off the board early
Fans became unsettled with how the board was shaking out.
This night has gone just about as badly as possible for the Cowboys:— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 29, 2022
Giants strengthen their trenches.
Commanders get very good receiver, add capital.
Eagles get Jordan Davis and AJ Brown.
Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson off the board.
It sucks so much. https://t.co/8uBfmcbTrQ
But it was finally time for Dallas to pick and they selected...
Tyler Smith out of Tulsa.
The #Cowboys will select Tulsa OT Tyler Smith with pick No. 24. Time to get younger up front. Smith plays nasty and is dominant in the run game.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) April 29, 2022
BREAKING NEWS— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) April 29, 2022
With the 24th pick in 2022 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select … OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa
Smith played high school ball at North Crowley and now returns to the Metroplex to play for Da Boys #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/LFxbN59ANG
And fans immediately learned about the newest Dallas Cowboy
He has a history of penalties.
"By the way...Tyler Smith led the NCAA in penalties last year"-@DaltonBMiller— Kevin Turner (@ktfuntweets) April 29, 2022
He had 16 penalties in 2021. 12 of them were holding calls.
"So if you don't like Conner Williams. Meet Tyler Smith"-@DaltonBMiller
He was diagnosed with Blount’s disease growing up.
And he will likely fit in as a guard In 2022.
My guess is that Tyler Smith will compete for the LG spot from the jump. With maybe an idea that he can bump out to tackle in the future if need be.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 29, 2022
The back half of the first is basically a jumble of guys with 2nd round grades, and the Cowboys combo of grade + need won out.
Projected Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 29, 2022
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Tyler Smith
C: Tyler Biadasz
RG: Zack Martin
RT: Terence Steele
So I bet Tyler Smith is your starting left guard this year and the future replacement for Tyron Smith at left tackle going forward.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) April 29, 2022
But the overall reaction was less than thrilled
TYLER SMITH! LOL— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 29, 2022
hey Tyler Smith is the first third round grade I get to mark off my board. And the team I cover picked him. Cool.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@timeforjeffrey) April 29, 2022
I've been wrong a lot. I hope to be wrong again.
Meh Meltdown commence. The wipeout scenario and Tyler Smith. #Cowboys it’s literally an LvE, Hill, Taco announcement rolled into one. I have no clue what his ceiling is just the expected reaction. pic.twitter.com/j323kfQOHi— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) April 29, 2022
If you believe they had Tyler Smith over Jermaine Johnson or Devin Lloyd you’re crazy. They took need over BPA ♂️— Mike Crum (@cdpiglet) April 29, 2022
Mel Kiper was right: Cowboys were sitting on Tulsa's Tyler Smith. A left tackle who got suspended for brawling. High-penalty mauler now joining a team that set franchise playoff record for penalties. Strictly a need pick. Left 4-5 better defensive players on board. Shaky pick.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 29, 2022
My issue with this is the totality of how we got here.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 29, 2022
The Cowboys have not taken any serious measures towards fixing their team and are banking on a lot of improbable things happening for them in 2022.
They painted themselves into a corner and are in no way out of it. https://t.co/STExpYSyfM
But it wasn't all bad
Todd Archer had some words of encouragement.
Since 2011, the Cowboys have selected four offensive linemen in the first round. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and now Tyler Smith. Can he continue the run of success? Lot of questions but teams believe there's talent there.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) April 29, 2022
The versatility is a plus.
New Cowboys OL Tyler Smith at the combine: "I have a lot of versatility for both (tackle and guard). I'll work them all. ... I definitely see myself as a tackle for sure, but I'm willing to move wherever I need to go to mesh with the organization or wherever I am."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2022
And at least it addresses a need.
REACTION TO TYLER SMITH: Ok … yes, the Cowboys improved the offensive line with Smith, but he ain’t comin’ in to shake it up and take home Pro Bowl selections— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) April 29, 2022
I think the Kenyon Green pick to the Texans really messed up that Cowboys war room #DallasCowboys (@1053TheFan)
Fans weren't entirely sold on Parsons either.
Whoever the Cowboys select y’all need to reserve judgement til the season— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) April 29, 2022
Some of y’all looked heavily ignorant after the Micah pick last year #DallasCowboys
You can always count on extreme reactions through the draft process. Whether this turns out to be a great pick or a complete bust, no one knows yet. But there will be opinions throughout the week.
And there was no shortage of those during the 24th overall selection.