Tyron Smith | Dallas Cowboys | Offensive Tackle
Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 320
Date of Birth: 12/12/1990 (26)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Draft: 2011, Round 1, Pick 9
Contract: 10 years, $109 million, through 2023
Protecting the blind side is the most important thing for the offensive line to do in the passing game. Tyron Smith is very, very good at protecting the blind side. Since 2012, Smith has been an immovable object, the stalwart protector of Tony Romo, and now Dak Prescott.
Smith has averaged about 4 sacks allowed per season since moving to left tackle in 2012. His best season came in 2013, when he only allowed 1.5 sacks in 16 games. Smith also commits a very low number of penalties. His 15 holding penalties since 2011 is pretty remarkable for an edge blocker.
A recent quote from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sums it up nicely. “I don’t even think he’s a person. He might be some sort of mutant or metahuman or demigod or something. Ain’t no way you look like that and play like that.” (c: Patrick Walker, 247Sports)
Smith won’t be the only Cowboy lineman to appear on this countdown, and for good reason. The unit is absurdly talented, and as I said yesterday, the success of the offense starts in the trenches. A popular hot take this offseason is the supposed impending disappointing sophomore seasons out of Dak and Zeke, but I wouldn’t bet on it, not with Tyron and the boys paving the way.
Awards and Accolades:
4x Pro Bowl (2013 – 2016)
2x First-team All-Pro (2014, 2016)
2x Second-team All-Pro (2013, 2015)
Honorable Mentions: Andrew Whitworth, Taylor Lewan