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News: Eatman: Watt Do We Think About Drafting Tyron Smith Now?

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Nick Eatman
    DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer

    IRVING, Texas - Let me answer the headline question first: Still like it.

    Notice I said like and not love, because I’m not sure many people just love seeing offensive linemen drafted in the first round. They want to see highlights, touchdowns, that wow factor.

    And unless you’re getting Orlando Pace and seeing all of his pancake-blocks, then it’s hard to get too jacked about taking linemen.

    But I think most people were in agreement that drafting Tyron Smith[IMG], a 20-year-old from USC who was much more mature beyond his age, was the right pick to make, especially since the Cowboys had gone 30 years since taking an offensive lineman in the first round.

    It was the right pick then. And yes, it’s still the right pick now.

    Oh, I’ve seen him play. Yes, I know that Houston’s J.J. Watt appears to be the next superstar defensive player in the making.

    Read more: http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/a...ith-Now-/1e2641fc-c552-4f19-ab8b-864196ff3e61
  2. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Eatman talking sense.
  3. Flinger

    Flinger Active Member

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    Can you image where we would be without drafting Smith on the OL?

    Absolutely no hope... anywhere...

    At least we have 1...
  4. Flinger

    Flinger Active Member

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    Sorry - I really need to take time to proof...
  5. ManicDepressiveMan

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    Sure Smith was the right pick if you are a moron and draft for need over quality.

    Watt looks like a sure fire HOFer.

    Smith looks like a JAG.
  6. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    Smith doesn't look like a jag. Watch Doug Free closely if you want to see that. Smith has a mountain of potential.

    But when compared to Watt, he doesn't look good. Almost no one does. Watt may very well be the most dominant player in the league right now.
  7. BTX

    BTX New Member

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    Hindsights 20/20, huh Nick
  8. Marktui

    Marktui Active Member

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    That's what they said about Merriman after two years in the league. :laugh2:
  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Those dumb enough to not realize that it was mostly roids - without them he was a JAG
  10. MagicMan

    MagicMan Active Member

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    When you pick an OLman that high, he is ready to be plugged in and start from day one....unfortunately, that has not been the case. Smith has been plugged in out of necessity rather than talent at this point. He may become a great OT, but the pick was too high. We'll see in 2 years if he was worth it.
    But because of Romo's age/contract we needed for him to be a star and a fixture at LT RIGHT NOW.

    Watt on the other hand, is already becoming a superstar and difference maker on D.
  11. silver

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    I can only think of one guy on the roster where the "hindsight is 20/20" thingy worked in our favor and that would be Demarcus Ware. Every other 1'st rounder on the team, Smith, Bryant, Spencer, Jones, Jenkins, Spears and even this year first rounder, Claiborne, you can make a case that we coulda shoulda woulda gone for another player in retrospect. Yes hindsight is 20/20 but c'mon this is a horrible track record. And that's not even touching the players available in '06 when we took Bobby Carpenter and '09 that we missed due to the Roy Williams trade.

    Aaron Rodgers in '05
    Joe Staley in '07
    Ray Rice/Matt Forte in '08
    Desean Jackson in '08
    Rob Gronkowski in '10
    JJ Watt in '11
    Bruce Irvin in '12 (without losing our second rounder who became Janoris Jenkins)
  12. BTX

    BTX New Member

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    I agree
  13. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    Exactly....
  14. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    Read his post history he easily the worst poster on this site, ever!!! He has to be a troll.
  15. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    If Watt was a sure fire thing to be what he is now, he would have went no later than #2..........probably #1.
  16. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    [youtube]P0gsgyY_QW0[/youtube]

    That's impressive for a guy his size.
  17. morasp

    morasp Well-Known Member

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    Give him some slack, it's his second year with a new coach and position. But it will be troubling if we get to year three and we're still talking about his potential instead of production.

    When we picked him I wanted Castonzo. Maybe not as much upside as Smith but more ready to play from day one. I haven't really watched his play for the colts but he is the starting left tackle.
  18. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    We're still really bad on the offensive line, but Tyron Smith was the start of fixing that issue.

    There's just no way we couldn't take him. We had to and I'm glad we did.

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