Tyler Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The pick came with no shortage of criticism, as Smith was viewed by some as a developmental project along the offensive line.

Nonetheless, the Cowboys are believers in the upside that the former Tulsa standout possesses. Smith is an athletic lineman that plays with a mean-streak. Offensive line was also an area of need this offseason.

“(Smith) will work both left guard and left tackle,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said during OTAs. “You can see the twitch is something that jumps out at you.”

Smith will have an opportunity to carve out a role next to Tyron Smith early in his career. There is a big step up from where Smith was playing on the collegiate level to being a potential starter on the Dallas Cowboys.

Fortunately, Tyler Smith looks ready to go for 2022.

Tyler Smith is working with offensive line guru Duke Mayweather ahead of his NFL debut. Mayweather trains and develops some of the best young linemen in the league. He worked with top-10 picks Evan Neal and Charles Cross ahead of April’s draft, for instance.

Smith is not only working with Mayweather, which is a positive sign in its own right. But he looks really good in a clip that started to circulate on social media earlier this week:

The Dallas Cowboys’ rookie appears to be in top-notch shape as he preps for his first season in the league. Additionally, the clips on social media indicate that he is working on fixing one of the bigger knocks of his game: his hands usage in pass protection.

A few social media clips don’t ever tell the full story of a situation; however, Tyler Smith is giving the Dallas Cowboys reasons to be confident about his rookie campaign.

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