When the Cowboys made the selection of Tyler Smith out of Tulsa, the Cowboys had some people thinking they reached on him out of need. Smith comes into the NFL having to work on things like discipline and technique, but once those layers are peeled back, the raw talent shines quite bright.

Smith will be one of the more talked about players when the Cowboys kick off training camp in less than two weeks. Offensive line guru Duke Manyweather has gotten a chance to see Smith in person, and when he was asked about what he’s seen, he was extremely complimentary.

In case those aren’t familiar with Trey Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and he went on to be one of the best rookie offensive linemen in the NFL last season. Meaning, the Cowboys’ Smith has very, very high ceiling in Manyweather’s eyes.

Manywether isn’t the only one that has been impressed by Smith. One of the Cowboys’ assets he’s responsible for blocking for, running back Ezekiel Elliott, believes Smith bolsters the run and passing game with his playing style.

“From everything I’m hearing and seeing it sounds like he’s a good fit for our team,” said Elliott. “A guy who looks like you can play him at different positions. He looks physical, he looks like he has the type of mentality where he’s going to fit in with the guys already in that room.

“Just the ability to keep (Prescott) clean, give him the ability to go out there and go through his reads and throw the ball on time to the playmakers we have outside — that’s big. Establishing the run is big for our team and going to be important for us this year.”

Granted, Smith has only been in a helmet and shorts so far. Nonetheless, at this point in the offseason, it’s better to hear that he’s showing the signs of validating where he was selected than being a player that may need more time to adjust to the NFL.

Smith will be the team’s starting guard. However, he played left tackle in college, and could eventually slide back out there in the future for the Cowboys once Tyron Smith’s days are over. Until then, the hope is that the elder Smith can stay healthy enough to form a strong left side of the line with the rookie.

The speculation on what Smith will be performance-wise will end once he faces guys like DeMarcus Lawrence, Micah Parsons, Neville Gallimore, and Osa Odighizuwa, as well as opposing competition in the preseason. The Cowboys will need him to continue to process and learn quickly as he’ll be thrown into the fire in the season opener.

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