LB – Jaylon Smith
Yes I know, I know, much of the defensive problems stem from the physical limitations Jaylon Smith has displayed but his late exposure does not take away the fact that there are still a large number of casual fans that love this guy.
I too like Jaylon Smith. I think he has a great comeback story and he physically looks the part on and off the field. He understood early that pairing his brand with that of the Dallas Cowboys would blind some people to what he has actually done on the football field.
His play has been average at best but this Dallas Cowboys staff has consistently trotted him out there which has inflated his stats to a point where if they are compared to that of an All-Pro caliber player, the difference is minimal.
Smith made the Pro Bowl last year for the first time and I expect him to be named to the Pro Bowl in some capacity this year also. Jaylon is tied for seventh in the entire league with 100 tackles. He is tied with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Robert Wagner.
Don’t get me wrong as I think Jaylon would benefit from a massive space-eating defensive tackle. I just think that the Pro Bowl should be reserved for players who are not limited in any capacity and show that they can play at a high level no matter the situation.
With injuries, player’s vacation time, and the Super Bowl, I expect Jaylon to make the team once someone else bows out.