Most mock drafts have the Cowboys selecting USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith with the No. 9 overall pick. He, for one, would not be surprised if the Cowboys passed on him by trading down or selecting someone else.
"You never really know where you’re going to go," Smith said. "That’s my mindset right now.
"If that’s where it’s meant to be, then that’s where it’s meant to be."
Smith would be OK with the Cowboys taking him, though. His family would be even happier.
"It's my family's team," said Smith, who didn't have a favorite team growing up. "They always watch the Cowboys. My family has been fans of the Cowboys ever since I was growing up. I’d probably fit in pretty well."
Smith has been the favorite to land in Dallas since Cowboys coach Jason Garrett attended Smith's Pro Day at USC. It was the only Pro Day that Garrett attended. But Garrett has said too much is being made of that. The date fell right for Garrett to attend the workout, and since Smith didn't work out at the combine, Garrett went to watch.
Bet on the Cowboys trying to trade down, and if they find a trade partner, selecting either Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo or Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
-- Charean Williams