It was reported Tuesday afternoon that the Dallas Cowboys will pick up Tyron Smith‘s 2015 team option. The Cowboys made another good decision in 2015 by bringing back the USC product. Since he was drafted in 2011, the 23-year-old has flourished in front of our eyes as the blindside tackle for Tony Romo. Last season was Smith’s best career season so far as he was voted to the Pro Bowl. He also was voted to the second All-Pro team.
At 6’5″, 320 pounds, Smith has a combination of size and speed that is simply unmatched by most NFL defenders. Top tackle in this year’s draft, Greg Robinson, has received comparisons to Smith because of his athleticism and his frame. While Smith isn’t as fast as Robinson, it should still be worth noting that he ran a 4.95 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Smith can get out to the second level in the running game, and he can hold his ground against defenders off the edge too.
It’s not surprising to see the Cowboys lock up Smith for another year. Last year, Dallas had one of their best offensive lines in recent memory. Smith had a lot to do with that. With the addition of 2013 first-round pick Travis Frederick, the Cowboys have two stud offensive linemen who they can rely on for the future. Paired next to Ronald Leary, Smith has another good offensive linemen to help him out on the left side.
By exercising his contract, the Cowboys will have to pay Smith $10.039 in 2015. This is a lot of money, but it is worth it if it is going to a premier left tackle like Smith. At 23 years old, the Cowboys will get a ton of more years out of Smith. The future is bright for this offensive line, and Smith has a major part to do with that.