Cowboys Post-Combine 7-Round Mock Draft: Tyron Smith Replacement Arrives

The Dallas Cowboys attack the trenches in this post-combine 7-round mock draft

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With the NFL Scouting Combine behind us, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming draft. Teams will be able to utilize free agency to fill out their rosters before then but the combine helps them determine where they need to look when it comes to adding rookies.

For the Dallas Cowboys, they found out this past week they'll have a massive hole to fill with Tyron Smith reportedly leaving. He won't be their only loss but the good news is that they’ll have some excellent options to choose from as they look to fill their hole at left tackle. They'll also be able to fill other holes as well, which is what we aim to accomplish in this 7-round mock draft.

Round 1, Pick 24: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

At 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, Troy Fautanu has the size to hold up as a tackle in the NFL. He's also highly experienced on the left side, which isn't the case with other prospects such as Tyler Guyton or Amarius Mims who primarily played right tackle.

That doesn't mean there aren't questions though. For Fautanu, most of those center around the length of his arms. He doesn't have a massive reach which could necessitate a move to guard.

Dallas could slide him in at left tackle and allow him to fail before forcing a move. If it works out, they have their most important position on the O-line fixed. If not, they could kick Tyler Smith back out to tackle and move Fautanu inside.

Whatever winds up happening, they'll get a quality starter who excels in pass blocking with this pick.