Five Reasons the Dallas Cowboys Will Draft USC OT Tyron Smith
5. Patrick Peterson is not going to drop.
Peterson is No. 1 on the Cowboys’ board and you can bet Jerry Jones wants to make a splash by drafting him. If Peterson somehow drops to the Browns at No. 6, look for the ‘Boys to make a move.
The chances of Peterson dropping, however, are remote. All five teams ahead of Cleveland have some kind of interest in Peterson, with Cincinnati being a sleeper. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph is a free agent and a Peterson/Leon Hall tandem could be dynamite. Even though Jerry loves headline players, he isn’t going to sacrifice his entire 2011 draft to jump into the top five. There are simply too many holes on this Cowboys squad.
4. Smith is the future of offensive tackles.
If this was 1995, Smith might not be a top-20 selection. He never played at more than 285 pounds and, as a finesse offensive tackle, a lot of teams would have shied away from Smith.
Fast-forward to 2011, though, and Smith is all the rage. With some NFL teams approaching a 70 percent pass rate, slim, athletic tackles like Smith are in vogue.
For the ‘Boys, running more screens, tosses and counters to the right side of the field (something that used to be all but off-limits) will be valuable.
3. Sam Young and Robert Brewster are projects.
The Cowboys have a lot of hope for Young, while Brewster played okay at right tackle (not left tackle) in the 2010 preseason. Still, these aren’t yet players in whom Dallas can trust as starters. Developing both players (especially Young) behind a guy like Smith would allow for a formidable backup in the event that Smith (or Doug Free) gets injured.
2. Smith has experience at right tackle, but can play both tackle positions.
With Free playing well on the left side, the Cowboys would likely want Smith to play on the right side. Despite his “small” stature, that is actually where Smith gained experience in college. His versatility, though, would allow him to be a “swing” tackle for Dallas–he would start at right tackle, but move to the left side if Free would get hurt, allowing Young to play move into the right tackle spot. As of now, the Cowboys have no suitable backup to Free.
1. Marc Colombo
This is really the only reason needed. Colombo allowed nine sacks, 11 hits, and a ridiculous 40 quarterback pressures in 2010. With a 63 percent in my 2010 Offensive Line Grades, he received the worst grade I have ever given a Cowboys player. He needs to be replaced, and Smith is the top candidate to do so.