IRVING - Dallas Cowboys owner/GM/president/aspiring head coach Jerry Jones may be a this or a than when it comes to player acquisition, but it does appear he scored a massive hit when he selected Tyron Smith in the first round out of USC last year.
Let's just call it like it is: Tyron Smith is the most talented football player on the Dallas Cowboys.
I asked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo how high he thought Smith's ceiling is.
"I think it's pretty high. He takes it very serious, his job. It's great to see," Romo said. "He's very committed. He has a high potential or talent level or whatever you want to call it. With his work ethic and his ability, he's only going to continue to get better and better."
Romo should enjoy the best protection he has ever had since he became the full-time starter in 2007.
Smith is 21 with a full season of experience as an NFL starting right tackle. Smith is one of the few guys who not only managed to look like a monster in college, but does so at the pros. He is the biggest of the big.
Smith is now the left tackle, and the way things are lining up we are looking at a man who, physically, could be a Jackie Slater type. That is an insanely stupid prediction/expectation, but there does not appear anything Smith can't do athletically. Tennis, golf, hockey, football, basketball, kickball, hop scotch ... the man looks like any of it would be easy.
Now it's a matter of experience.
"I just need to do little things that I got on beat on last year. Get stronger and faster and more in tune of what is going on on the field," Smith said. "It's technique and know what is going on in the plays."
The Big Mac Blog is the president, and founder, of the Tyron Smith Fan Club.
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