NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Says Dallas Cowboys Played It Safe with Tyron Smith
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper Says Dallas Cowboys Played It Safe with Tyron Smith
When Jerry Jones thinks he’s right, there is not much you can do to change his mind. The Cowboys are his team and he will run the team how he wants.
I think Jerry Jones fell in love with USC offensive lineman Tyron Smith and decided that trading back in the first round to get more value wasn’t an option.
Tyron Smith could be the best offensive lineman in a long time, but the Cowboys could’ve traded back and gotten a solid offensive line prospect later in the first round.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
While I thought Dallas might trade down off No. 9 and get more value at the tackle position a little later in Round 1, Smith made a lot of sense at No. 9, and the Cowboys showed conviction with the pick. He could be the solution for them at left tackle if he develops, or perhaps gets moved to the right side for now. After that, it got a little confusing for two rounds. Dallas went linebacker and running back in Rounds 2 and 3 before targeting more pressing needs at corner and guard in the following two rounds. Dallas got good value later, but never took a player that seemed like a steal at the position. Harris is a guy who might continue to develop at wideout.
I think Dallas did terrible with this draft. Besides Smith, they reached for almost every player and didn’t draft for need until later in the draft. It was a poor draft for the Cowboys.
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