The Cowboys got what they expected last year when they put their No. 1 pick, Tyron Smith, at right tackle and let him go.
He learned, got better and survived.
Now they expect the same thing this year when they move him to left tackle.
That he’ll learn, get better and survive.
“If you remember, Tyron last year was a Minute 1 starter for us when we started training camp, a young kid, 20 years old at the time, no offseason and stepped in and just said, ‘OK, I’ll fight my way through these mistakes. I understand what’s going on. I can play at the level they need me to play at.’ And he got better and better every day. We expect him to take the same approach when he moves over to the left side.”
Smith started every game at right tackle last year after being taken with the ninth pick out of USC. He was so young last year, he’s still the youngest player on the team this year – including this year’s draft class.
But he’s mature mentally, which is one thing the Cowboys liked when they evaluated him.
“He’s a pretty serious-minded guy,” Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. One of the things that we felt like we knew about him when we drafted him was he was tough. He was tough physically, and he was tough mentally, and he was willing to work. That was every report we got from the people at USC. We’ve been given no indication that the report from college is any different from what we’ve seen. He’s been that way since Day 1.”
-- Carlos Mendez