The “A Season In Review” series continues today with Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. There wasn’t a question when the Cowboys drafted Tyron Smith out of USC in 2011 NFL Draft. In fact, Smith came to Dallas when he was only 20 years old. With the frame to dominate on the blindside, Smith has become a franchise-building player for the Dallas Cowboys.
He finally earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014 after a tremendous season. In fact, Smith was voted to the American Press second team. It’s not like Smith hasn’t had a good season before though. In 2011, he was voted to the Pro Football Focus All-NFL first team. In that year, Smith played on the right side of the line. He has both tackle positions in his short NFL career, which gives him even more value to a team that has always lacked a good offensive line.
Before the 2013-2014 season, the Cowboys hadn’t had an above-average offensive line since the mid-90’s. A large part of that was because of Smith’s excellent play. With Tony Romo’s reoccurring back problems, it is nice to know that he has Smith protecting his blindside.At 6’5″, 300 pounds, Smith is an intimidating presence. He is extremely fast, and he has long arms which allow him to block pass rushers easily.
Final Grade: A
This grade is pretty simple, just like this article. Smith was one of the most productive tackles in the league, if not the most productive. Besides Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, Sean Lee, and Brandon Carr, there aren’t many franchise pieces on this team. Smith is one of the most valuable players on this roster, and there is no telling when he won’t be one of the premier blockers at this position. Remember… he is only 23 years old. The future is bright for this USC product.