Jerry Jones' antics highlight Cowboys’ explanation of drafting OT Tyler Smith

FRISCO, Texas — Jerry Jones held up the color-coded paper and asked: “Can you see that?”

The Cowboys, the owner asserted, had actually graded their most recent gamer greater than a set of potential customers fans commonly anticipated and chosen at the 24th total choice of the 2022 NFL draft. What much better method to support his claim than by flashing the group’s typed-up draft grades to press reporters and a live-streaming press conference as evidence?

“Don’t show them that!” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones stated, whacking his dad’s arm. “Put that thing down.”

The Cowboys picked Tulsa offending take on Tyler Smith after amusing 3 trade uses to move down, they stated. The group applauded Smith’s position flex along the line, explaining him as a “left-side position player” who will complete at left guard, where Dallas has a beginning job, and left take on, where aging seasonal Pro Bowler Tyron Smith has actually come across injuries in his 30s.

Tyler Smith played in 25 video games, beginning 23, in 3 years at left take on for Tulsa. He stated the Cowboys didn’t discuss his position particularly throughout a personal exercise and professional day movie session however that he’s up for the obstacle to end up being more flexible.

“I played tackle in college, but I’m willing to play wherever they put me,” Smith stated by phone. “I’m going to take the coaching and I’ll practice it all.”

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Tulsa offensive take on Tyler Smith is revealed as the twenty-fourth total choice to the Dallas Cowboys throughout the preliminary of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater.

Smith included that he’d bring “120% to infinity” effort while welcoming the aggressive mindset he sharpened as a high school protective lineman. The Cowboys promoted his nastiness as a top-notch that ignited their interest.

“He’s a big, athletic, physical guy that’s going to play in a big, athletic, physical league,” vice president of gamer workers Will McClay stated.

Dallas’ offending line had a hard time in 2021 with run-lane cohesion, recognition of protections in pass security and excess charges. No group outmatched the Cowboys’ 141 overall flags and no gamer outmatched the 14 charges left guard Connor Williams drew. The Cowboys permitted Williams’ novice agreement to end, the Texas item finalizing with the Miami Dolphins in totally free company.

Smith, who might change him, fell victim to penalty-inducing plays last season also. In his last academic year, as a redshirt sophomore, he drew 16 flags, consisting of 12 holding calls, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler reported.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated he wasn’t stressed over Smith’s charge fondness, critical in between combative charges and pre-snap offenses.

“We need to focus on penalties (and) we’ve taken those steps already in our offseason program, as far as the emphasis on what we need to do better, particularly in the area of fundamentals,” McCarthy stated. “Tyler will be a part of the program when he gets here. I don’t have any concerns.”

Jerry Jones stated the Cowboys highly thought about preparing a protective gamer after early operate on offending linemen and pass receivers. But with Smith, whom Jones stated was the group’s 16th-graded gamer, still offered at 24, Cowboys brass reached agreement rapidly.

They decreased deals to trade down on a swap-happy NFL night.

An executive from a group who had actually used a trade texted Stephen Jones soon after, he stated. The message: “Be glad you didn’t trade down with us. That was our guy.”

Smith, who matured in close-by Fort Worth, stated he aspires to gain from Pro Bowl-quality offending linemen like Tyron Smith and best guard Zack Martin. The 6-5, 325-pound possibility pleased NFL critics with his physicality and footwork however is thought about raw with his hands.

Tyler Smith stated he’ll work to guarantee he fine-tunes his method while keeping his mindset. Blocking, he states, isn’t implied to be passive.

The Cowboys stated today they had no “must”-address draft positions, however offending line was probably their direst requirement. They’re anticipated to deal with receiver quickly, too, after trading four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper (865 lawns, 8 goals in 2021) to the Cleveland Browns and losing Cedrick Wilson (602 lawns, 6 goals) in totally free company to the Miami Dolphins.

The Cowboys likewise look for depth at pass rush and tight end.

But on a night in which department competitors strengthened their protective fronts, the Cowboys think they invested a sensible financial investment on a flexible depth alternative for the left side of the line and their ultimate important left take on of the future.

“It feels to have gotten a player of this caliber in with that offensive line,” Jerry Jones stated. “This is a good move, and we’re proud of it.”

McCarthy and offending organizer Kellen Moore informed Smith by phone that they were “fired up” to bring him into the locker space. Smith, in a close-by Frisco Airbnb with his household, echoed the belief.

Then the North Texas native informed Moore: “Thank you for bringing me home.”

Follow U.S.A. TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.

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