Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the anonymous NFC executive said Smith is "on another planet as far as a dominant two-phase player."
The executive was among the more than 50 people in the NFL—including coaches, scouts and players—who voted to determine the top 10 players at each position.
Fowler wrote that Smith "dominated the voting" to rank No. 1 among offensive tackles. The same NFC executive told Fowler he has "watched [Smith] closely and was expecting a dropoff in play, but it's not there."
Since being drafted No. 9 overall by the Cowboys in 2011, Smith has established himself as one of the most dominant left tackles in the NFL. He's made the Pro Bowl in each of the past seven seasons and was named to the All-Pro first or second team in four straight years from 2013 to 2016.
Injuries have started to pile up for Smith in recent years. He's missed three games in each of the past four seasons, but Fowler noted the 29-year-old only gave up one sack in 13 games during the 2019 campaign.
The Cowboys will be counting on Smith to continue being a dominant force up front as they chase a playoff berth this season after a disappointing 8-8 record last year.