Don Banks of Sports Illustrated released version number four of his 2011 NFL Mock Draft on Wednesday, and just like the folks at SB Nation earlier in the week, Banks also believes the Dallas Cowboys will select Tyron Smith, the 20-year old behemoth tackle out of USC. The Cowboys might be wise to get back to focusing on building their team from the inside out, a philosophy strictly adhered to during the Bill Parcells era.
Here’s what Banks had to say about the pick:
The Smith-to-Dallas buzz has been building for a couple weeks now, and it makes some sense that the draft’s highest-rated offensive tackle would eventually get pushed up into the top 10. The Cowboys could use an upgrade over Marc Colombo at right tackle, and Smith is now widely viewed as the most talented, upside-laden offensive lineman in the draft. Dallas is making noise about having options to trade down, but time will tell if that’s a smoke screen or real leverage.