Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can remember a time when he ran behind one of the most feared lines in all of football. Players like Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins lined the trenches from left to right, in what could only be described as the blueprint for what every team in the NFL would love to see on their offensive line. Luckily for Dallas fans, the Cowboys seemingly have begun building the next iteration of that very same group by drafting Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith with the No. 24 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Who would be the biggest benefactor of such a rebuild?  The same guy that could remember the old days.

In an interview with Jori Epstein of USA Today, Ezekiel Elliott made it clear he was happy with the Cowboys’ front office’s decision to go with Tyler Smith in the first round.

Live and breathe the NFL?

🚨 Get viral NFL graphics, memes, rumors and trending news delivered right to your inbox with the Clutch Newsletter.

“From everything I’m hearing and seeing, it sounds like he’s a good fit for our team,” Elliott said. “Just the ability to keep (Prescott) clean, give him the ability to go out there and go through his reads and throw the ball on time to the playmakers we have outside — that’s big. Establishing the run is big for our team and going to be important for us this year. I think the pick we made in the first round will help us.”

Tyler Smith will likely begin his professional career at the left guard spot opposite of veteran Zack Martin, but will eventually be the left tackle to replace Tyron Smith on Dak Prescott’s blindside, which is something Ezekiel Elliott is clearly excited to see.