3 Tackle Prospects Cowboys Should Draft to Replace Tyron Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have an immediate need at offensive tackle after Tyron Smith's looming departure. Here are three draft prospects who could fill that need.
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Cowboys fans received the shocking news on Saturday that their starting left tackle for the last 13 years is not coming back for the 2024 campaign. Tyron Smith is testing free agency despite the earlier reports of mutual interest from both sides.

This opens up an immediate need at the offensive line. When healthy, the 33-year-old Smith is still one of the best in his position and replacing the All-Pro tackle will certainly be a challenge.

One of the ways for Dallas to replace Smith would be by sliding Tyler Smith to left tackle. The former first-round pick played at left tackle in his rookie year in Tyron Smith's absence. But in 2023, he played at left guard and was one of the best offensive linemen in the league. The Cowboys will likely not mess with what has been working.

Instead, they will likely look to replace him via the draft or free agency. If the Cowboys decide to draft a replacement at the draft, they will have plenty of options to do so with the No. 24 overall pick. Here are the three best candidates who could be available for Dallas.

Troy Fautanu, Washington

Fautanu has the versatility to play both as a tackle and an interior lineman. Similar to when the Cowboys drafted Tyler Smith, Fautanu's ability to slide to different positions in the offensive line could be very valuable.

The 23-year-old has played most of his snaps at left tackle in the last two seasons of his collegiate career at Washington. As a senior in 2023, Fautanu only allowed 15 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks in 13 games.

He is considered to be excellent in pass protection with his athleticism and power but the consensus on him is that his run blocking needs some improvement.