By Scott Shirley

With the 9th pick in the 2011 NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select OT Tyron Smith (USC).  I like this pick for the Cowboys since it is a position of need, and the Cowboys need to get younger and more athletic along the offensive line.  He can play either the right or left side of the line which also helps.  A problem for him might be maintaining his weight; he can also get stronger. 

Here is a good breakdown of Smith by DraftBreakdown.com

Tyron Smith is a long, athletic offensive tackle with a body in the Bruce Campbell mold. He has played almost his entire career at USC on the right said, but is a natural fit to slide to the left side in the NFL. Smith’s athleticism makes him a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme, but he has the upside to play left tackle in most any offense. He is relatively inexperienced, extremely young (20) and recently pulled out of the NFL combine while still recovering from a knee injury, which was slightly disappointing. So there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out with Smith. But he has the highest upside of any offensive tackle in this class which should place him firmly in the top 15 picks of the upcoming draft

Four out of the five staring offensive lineman for the Cowboys are over the age of 30.  The Cowboys best lineman is no doubt left tackle Doug Free, but on the other side right tackle Marc Colombo really struggled plus he is an injury waiting to happen.  So you can see why the pick of Smith makes sense.  It also helps to hopefully keep QB Tony Romo healthy.

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