Cowboys Replace Tyron Smith in Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft

In his second mock draft, NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Cowboys addressing the offensive line in the first round.
Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Amarius Mims (65)
Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Amarius Mims (65) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys hope to re-sign eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith this offseason despite the team being $9 million under the cap. 

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week that they will be sitting down with the veteran offensive tackle and discuss what it looks like for him to stay in Dallas, per Patrik Walker. 

When healthy, the 33-year-old Smith is one of the best offensive linemen in the league and has been a stalwart for the Cowboys’ offense. However, if Dallas and Smith can’t come to a feasible agreement, the team will have to address the position in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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In his second mock draft (subscription required), Mel Kiper Jr. has Dallas taking the Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Amarius Mims with the No. 24 overall pick.

The long-time draft analyst points out that the 6-foot-7 Mims doesn’t have a lot of experience under his belt, as he’s only started in eight games over the last three years because of injuries and players ahead of him.

However, Kiper believes that teams will take the young offensive lineman because of his upside and ability to play left and right tackle. Mims has given up zero sacks and five total pressures in 372 career snaps. 

The Cowboys eventually will have to think about life after Smith, making Mims a perfect fit to have him start immediately next season. Or if Smith returns on a short deal, Mims could either replace Terence Steele on the right side while he develops or take the year to develop as a reserve before stepping into a starting job in 2025.

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