On Thursday night, the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft saw numerous trades and surprising picks. The Dallas Cowboys were reportedly interesting in moving up in the draft. Instead, they stayed pat and got their guy with the 24th overall pick and drafted Tyler Smith.
Jerry Jones, while addressing the media afterwards, decided to prove to everyone that Smith was indeed their guy.
To prove to reporters that the Cowboys had Tyler Smith ranked higher on their board than Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson, Jerry Jones showed a copy of the team’s draft board.
Jerry Jones: “I’m dead serious.”
Stephen Jones: “Don’t show them that. … Put that sheet down.” pic.twitter.com/vvj2NV4aEr
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2022
Jones quite literally held up the Cowboys draft board for all to see. He was proving that Dallas indeed had Smith ranked higher than Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson. His son, Stephen Jones, then jokingly says: “Don't show them that… put that sheet down.”
Regardless, this was one of the first round picks that was not a surprise. Dallas is in desperate need of some help for their offensive line. Former Pro Bowl offensive tackle La'el Collins left the Cowboys for the Bengals this offseason. They also lost offensive guard Conner Williams to the Miami Dolphins. Starting left tackle Tyron Smith is getting long in the tooth and has dealt with numerous injuries the last couple years.
Tyler Smith has the length and size to develop into an elite left tackle in the NFL. His 6'5”, 324 pound frame should allow him to hold up in one-on-one matchups on the outside. But particularly he is known for his run-blocking prowess. That's something Dallas is in need of.
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The Cowboys struggled to open holes for an aging Ezekiel Elliott in 2021. There were far too many games where Dallas was behind the chains because of their inability to run the ball last year. Smith should be a plug-and-play starter that can have an immediate affect for Dallas.