Being that this is Jason Garret?s first draft, this was an opportunity for him to put his stamp on the team.? He did so, taking an offensive lineman in the first round; the first time the Cowboys have done so in roughly three centuries.
The Cowboys had the ninth overall pick, which they used on USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith.? Smith was the right pick for the Cowboys, even if it wasn?t a great value pick.? In a perfect world, they would have traded down and let Smith or Anthony Castonzo fall to them, but taking Smith ninth is the next best thing.? He was the most talented tackle in the draft, and he could anchor their offensive line for the next ten years.