With the news that the Dallas Cowboys signed their Pro Bowl left tackle, Tyron Smith, to a new contract extension on Wednesday, the good folks over at NFL.com have decided to re-draft the 2011 NFL Draft. It was in this draft that the Cowboys drafted Smith out of USC with the ninth overall pick in the first round. And according to NFL.com’s senior media analyst and former Cowboys vice president of player personnel, Gil Brandt, Dallas made a wise choice in selecting him.
In his newest article entitled 2011 NFL Draft do-over: Recasting the first 20 picks, Brandt designates the 23-year old tackle as the fourth overall selection, going to the Cincinnati Bengals. Here’s what he had to say about the selection:
“I think Smith is the best left tackle in football, and he won’t be 24 until December. A Pro Bowl tackle is harder to find than almost every position other than QB or pass rusher.”
As for the Cowboys pick at No. 9, Brandt believes they would select Georgia wideout A.J. Green. The previous year, the Cowboys traded up to draft All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant in the first round. Can you imagine having both Green and Bryant in the same receiver corps? Here is Brandt’s explanation of the Cowboys pick:
“I know players voted Calvin Johnson the No. 2 player in the NFL recently, but I’d take Green or Julio Jones over Megatron, who puts up numbers because they throw him the ball so much. You could flip Green and Jones here and be happy.”
What this re-draft really says is the Cowboys made a wise decision in selecting Smith back in 2011. And a portion of that credit should go to Jason Garrett, as Smith was his first official draft pick as Dallas’ head coach.