Let’s be honest. The majority all doubted the Dallas Cowboys after selecting Tyler Smith in the first-round back in April. After the presumed picks Kenyon Green (Houston) and Zion Johnson (LA Chargers) were both taken, it wasn’t fully clear what direction they would go in.
However, similarly to the Micah Parsons pick, those doubts quickly deteriorated through the start of the season.
Three games in, Smith is allowing the lowest pressure rate (3.4%) of any rookie offensive tackle. Allowing only four on 194 offensive snaps played. As well as only one sack so far. .005
Cowboys rookie tackle Tyler Smith through 3 weeks 👀— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) September 27, 2022
• 117 pass blocking snaps
• 1 sack allowed pic.twitter.com/citi2BWLjy
Smith is performing well above expectations. Enough that the Dallas Cowboys will have a left guard controversy, but it won’t include the rookie.
Instead, Smith is on a pace that would put him up with some of the best rookie OT’s in his era.
Highest graded seasons by a rookie OT since 2010— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 24, 2022
🥇 Michael Onwenu (’20): 84.3
🥈 Tristian Wirfs (’20): 84.1
🥉 Rashawn Slater (’21): 83.6 pic.twitter.com/GLod5nhLc5
For perspective, of these players, these are the final numbers from their respective rookie seasons:
- Michael Onwenu – 927 snaps played. Three sacks and 13 pressured allowed.
- Tristan Wirfs – 1,347 snaps played. One sack and 24 pressures allowed.
- Rashawn Slater – 1,116 snaps played. four sacks and 26 pressures allowed.
On the same pace, Smith could finish the season with just 23 pressures and between four and five sacks given up. Assumed he plays 100% of all offensive snaps at his current rate.
He is already playing as the best rookie offensive linemen this year. This accomplishment would not only put him as the best rookie linemen, but among the best in the entire league.
Smith is already one of the highest graded run blockers in the game this year. As seen by the clip below.
If Smith keeps playing as he is, it will be another home run first-round pick by the front office. Potentially becoming one of the best offensive linemen in the game moving forward.
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