The Dallas Cowboys haven’t used a first-round pick on an offensive lineman in the 22 years Jerry Jones has owned the franchise.
But Jones hinted Tuesday that he’s open to changing that trend.
“I don’t know if I have ever gone to bed worrying about protecting the passer with the left tackle. And that’s been quite a luxury,” said Jones. “Because if you look at [Mark] Tuinei, then you step on into what we had with Flozell [Adams], we had really signed Larry Allen to be our left tackle. We moved [Allen] out there for a year, he makes All Pro.
“[But] I’m not reluctant to invest a first-round pick … in an offensive lineman.”
But if they stand pat, an offensive tackle is expected at the ninth pick.
Renowned Dallas Morning News draft prognosticator Rick Gosselin sent Smith to the Cowboys in his first mock draft.