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Tyler Smith Drafted by Cowboys: Dallas' Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2022

Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

The Dallas Cowboys selected Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. 

Below, we'll take a look at the team's updated offensive depth chart and break down the selection. 


Cowboys Updated Depth Chart

QB: Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, Will Grier

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard

FB: Nick Ralston

WR 1: CeeDee Lamb

WR 2: Michael Gallup

WR 3: James Washington, Noah Brown, T.J. Vasher

TE: Dalton Schultz, Jeremy Sprinkle

LT: Tyron Smith, Josh Ball

LG: Connor McGovern

C: Tyler Biadasz, Braylon Jones

RG: Zack Martin, Matt Farniok

RT: Tyler Smith, Terence Steele, Isaac Alarcon, Aviante Collins


Analysis

On a night with a lot of trades and established stars switching teams, the Cowboys stayed put and added to the trenches. They've had success in the past when they've gone that route. 

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

Tyler Smith is the 4th OL the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> have selected in the 1st Round in the past 40 Drafts. The three before him all became 1st-Team All-Pros): Tyron Smith (2011), Travis Frederick (2013), Zack Martin (2014).

Smith is expected to start at guard for the Cowboys, but for a team that has struggled with injuries, he'll provide much-needed depth at tackle as well. 

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

New Cowboys rookie Tyler Smith was a tackle at Tulsa, but he is expected to receive his first work at guard in Dallas. Gives him better chance to get on field as rookie.<br><br>Possible O-line in 2022: LT Tyron Smith, LG Tyler Smith, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Zack Martin, RT Terence Steele.

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> select OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa. RT Laโ€™El Collins released this offseason. This was the sixth straight season LT Tyron Smith missed at least three starts. Smith has played just 13 of the last 33 games. The Cowboys were the most penalized offensive line in the NFL.

Jon Machota @jonmachota

New Cowboys OL Tyler Smith said on <a href="https://twitter.com/1053thefan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@1053thefan</a> that he had a private workout with Dallas and heard good things, but he had no idea the Cowboys were going to draft him. "I'm ready to play all five positions (if needed). I can play anywhere they put me."

"I have a lot of versatility for both [tackle and guard]" Smith told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier in the offseason. "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."

The Cowboys have lost some key players this offseason, from wideouts Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson to offensive lineman La'el Collins and Connor Williams and defensive end Randy Gregory. 

So they have holes to fill. They chose to go with the offensive line first in an effort to keep star quarterback Dak Prescott upright. 

NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL

Tyler Smith โžก๏ธ Dallas.<br><br>The Cowboys draft more protection for Dak Prescott.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLDraft</a> <a href="https://t.co/tdSo5uBZnw">pic.twitter.com/tdSo5uBZnw</a>

If Smith lives up to the pedigree of the team's last three first-round picks on the offensive line, he'll have one hell of a career.