Let me start by saying I am glad I was right in my earlier post. Tyron Smith was the right pick to make. While it is not flashy or exciting and will not generate more interest or attention (like Dez Bryant did), it is what is right for a team trying to get back to the playoffs.
If you question taking an offensive linemen, take a look at which teams took OL in round 1. The Cowboys, of course, were the first team to strike at the position. Patriots, Colts, Eagles, Seahawks, Bears, Packers all drafted offensive linemen. Those teams all have in common that, minus the Packers, they all won their respective divisions, and then the Packers went on to win the whole thing. Maybe this is a sign that this is in fact how you build a franchise.
Who was on the board that really made sense to take? Reports this week were that the Cowboys did not like Nick Fairley and the belief was that even if he was there in round two, the team would pass on him. So he was likely never seriously considered. Cameron Jordan and JJ Watt both were considered here and I would believe Prince Amukamara. There are plenty of defensive ends to be had still and cornerback is not the teams’ greatest need.
I believe Jerry Jones did the best thing he possibly could. When the league year starts, Marc Colombo will be released and Doug Free, according to Stephen Jones on Tuesday, will get a nice contract extension. The Cowboys have their two long-term tackles now. Tony Romo should be very happy as should Jason Garrett. As should the fans.